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Trailer Watch: Elisabeth Moss Wakes Up in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

23 March 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“I was asleep before. That’s how we let it happen,” says Offred (Elisabeth Moss) in a powerful — and disturbingly timely — new trailer for “The Handmaid’s Tale.” “When they slaughtered Congress we didn’t wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Constitution we didn’t wake up then, either. Now I’m awake.” Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, the series is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what was formerly part of the U.S. While the book was published in 1985, its storyline and themes about a horrifying government and women’s reproductive rights being taken away remain all too relevant today.

“Facing environmental disasters and a plunging birthrate, Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. As one of the few remaining fertile women, Offred is a Handmaid in the Commander’s household, one of the caste of women forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world,” the show’s official synopsis details. “In this terrifying society where one wrong word could end her life, Offred navigates between Commanders, their cruel Wives, domestic Marthas, and her fellow Handmaids — where anyone could be a spy for Gilead — all with one goal: to survive and find the daughter that was taken from her.”

“You girls will serve the leaders and their barren wives. You will bear children for them,” Offred and the other Handmaids are informed.

When the man who rules the household Offred lives in tells her, “We only wanted to make the world better,” she is incredulous, and asks, “Better?” “Better never means better for everyone,” he says. Yep, Gilead is a patriarchal hellhole, and the trailer does a beautiful job of establishing this fact.

Golden Globe winner Moss is supported by a cast that includes Samira Wiley (“Orange Is the New Black”), Alexis Bledel (“Gilmore Girls”), Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love”), and Yvonne Strahovski (“Dexter”).

“The Handmaid’s Tale” isn’t the only high-profile Atwood adaptation in the works. Anna Paquin (“True Blood”) and Sarah Gadon (“Belle”) are set to star in Netflix’s adaptation of Atwood’s “Alias Grace,” a drama inspired by the true story of convicted murderer Grace Marks (Gadon), a young Irish immigrant and domestic servant living in Upper Canada. The miniseries is written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell”) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho”). The project will debut sometime in 2017.

High-Rise,” “Truth,” and “Meadowland” are among Moss’ recent credits. The “Mad Men” alumna will reprise her role as detective Robin Griffin for Season 2 of “Top of the Lake,” also due sometime this year. This season of the feminist murder mystery series, co-created by Jane Campion (“The Piano”), will feature Nicole Kidman and “Game of Thrones’” Gwendoline Christie.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” hits Hulu April 26. Reed Morano (“Meadlowland”) helmed the first three episodes of the 10-episode drama.

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Tribeca TV Lineup 2017 Unveiled: ’Handmaid’s Tale,’ Albert Einstein’s ‘Genius,’ Ken Burns’ Vietnam War Doc and More

23 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cue the handmaids.

The Tribeca Film Festival announced its second annual Tribeca TV program on Thursday and it includes a range of world premieres, popular show returns and a slate of independent pilots. One of the most highly anticipated debuts will be Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Tribeca 2017 Lineup: New Fillms From Alex Gibney, Azazel Jacobs and Laurie Simmons Lead the Eclectic Mix

The series has been in the news lately, and not only because it will premiere soon. The dystopian story about a government forcing fertile women to become breeders for their high-ranking officials has struck a nerve among progressive women who are wary of having their health and reproductive rights controlled. Recently, protestors dressed in the handmaids’ red robes and white bonnets made an appearance in the Texas Senate gallery as its members were passing abortion legislation.

The TV lineup »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

8 March 2017 12:22 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Margaret Atwood’s classic novel comes to Hulu this April and, based on what we’ve seen so far, we’re excited. In this eerie new teaser for the dystopian drama, we watch Offred (Elisabeth Moss) don the red garb which denotes her status as a Handmaid enslaved by the nation of Gilead, a totalitarian regime which has stripped women of all rights, leaving women like Offred powerless. It’s not a choice she made willingly, we see, thanks to flashes of the chaos which has brought her to this point.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

The evocative images of women protesting are a reminder of just how relevant “The Handmaid’s Tale” currently feels in today’s political climate, thanks to the timeless nature of Atwood’s work as well as Hulu’s bold choice to adapt it. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: New Teaser Reminds Us Elisabeth Moss’ Story Is Ours

8 March 2017 12:22 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Margaret Atwood’s classic novel comes to Hulu this April and, based on what we’ve seen so far, we’re excited. In this eerie new teaser for the dystopian drama, we watch Offred (Elisabeth Moss) don the red garb which denotes her status as a Handmaid enslaved by the nation of Gilead, a totalitarian regime which has stripped women of all rights, leaving women like Offred powerless. It’s not a choice she made willingly, we see, thanks to flashes of the chaos which has brought her to this point.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

The evocative images of women protesting are a reminder of just how relevant “The Handmaid’s Tale” currently feels in today’s political climate, thanks to the timeless nature of Atwood’s work as well as Hulu’s bold choice to adapt it. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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The Orchard to Release Pat Healy’s Feature Film Directorial Debut Take Me

7 March 2017 8:51 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A kidnapping service lies at the center of Pat Healy's feature film directorial debut, Take Me, which will be released by The Orchard on May 5th following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – February, 2016 – The Orchard announced today that the company will release director Pat Healy’s feature debut Take Me, starring Taylor Schilling opposite Healy. The Duplass Brothers serve as executive producers while Mel Eslyn and Sev Ohanian serve as producers of the film, which will have its world premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, followed by a theatrical and digital release May 5th.

The acquisition marks an ongoing relationship with the Duplass Brothers and The Orchard as part of an output deal. The Orchard has worldwide theatrical, digital rental and sales, cable/satellite VOD, airline, DVD and soundtrack rights. Netflix will be releasing the film on its worldwide streaming platform later this year. »

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Featurette: Elisabeth Moss Explains How There’s Still Hope in the Dystopian Drama

24 February 2017 11:22 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a bleak look at our possible future, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks faith in the human spirit.

In Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, a plague of infertility has swept the world in the future. In the land of Gilead, roughly where New England is now, a totalitarian regime has overtaken the government and has enslaved the remaining fertile women to become breeders for high-ranking officials.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

“It is unquestionably a dark world, but it’s not a dark show,” executive producer Bruce Miller says in the featurette Hulu released on Thursday. “The show is about perspective and not losing the hope of getting your life back.”

Elisabeth Moss stars as a woman whose family and name have been stripped away. She »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Featurette: Elisabeth Moss Explains How There’s Still Hope in the Dystopian Drama

24 February 2017 11:22 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a bleak look at our possible future, but that doesn’t mean that it lacks faith in the human spirit.

In Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, a plague of infertility has swept the world in the future. In the land of Gilead, roughly where New England is now, a totalitarian regime has overtaken the government and has enslaved the remaining fertile women to become breeders for high-ranking officials.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

“It is unquestionably a dark world, but it’s not a dark show,” executive producer Bruce Miller says in the featurette Hulu released on Thursday. “The show is about perspective and not losing the hope of getting your life back.”

Elisabeth Moss stars as a woman whose family and name have been stripped away. She »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ New Teaser Will Give Super Bowl Fans a Chilling Glimpse of a Dystopian Future — Watch

3 February 2017 7:52 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Football fans hoping for a distraction from the news on Super Bowl Sunday will get a bleak (but brief) reality check when Hulu airs its 30-second spot for its highly-anticipated dystopian series, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood of the same name, the series stars Elizabeth Moss as handmaid Offred, a woman trying survive a male-dominated totalitarian regime. The teaser marks the first time Hulu has ever run a Super Bowl ad for an original series.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

Joseph Fiennes joins Moss as the character known only as “The Commander,” seen in the trailer explaining to Offred, “We only wanted to make the world better.” “Better?,” she asks him. “Better never means better for everyone,” he responds. Samira Wiley of “Orange Is the New Black” can »

- Jude Dry

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ New Teaser Will Give Super Bowl Fans a Chilling Glimpse of a Dystopian Future — Watch

3 February 2017 7:52 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Football fans hoping for a distraction from the news on Super Bowl Sunday will get a bleak (but brief) reality check when Hulu airs its 30-second spot for its highly-anticipated dystopian series, “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood of the same name, the series stars Elizabeth Moss as handmaid Offred, a woman trying survive a male-dominated totalitarian regime. The teaser marks the first time Hulu has ever run a Super Bowl ad for an original series.

Read More: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

Joseph Fiennes joins Moss as the character known only as “The Commander,” seen in the trailer explaining to Offred, “We only wanted to make the world better.” “Better?,” she asks him. “Better never means better for everyone,” he responds. Samira Wiley of “Orange Is the New Black” can »

- Jude Dry

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‘La La Land’s’ Fred Berger to Produce Max Minghella’s Directorial Debut ‘Teen Spirit’

30 January 2017 9:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

La La Land” producer Fred Berger will produce Max Minghella’s directorial debut, “Teen Spirit,” alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (“Midnight Special”) under their Automatik banner. The movie is being unveiled to international buyers at the upcoming Berlin Film Market by Mister Smith Entertainment.

Currently in pre-production, “Teen Spirit,” written and directed by Minghella, is “an emotional underdog story set in the world of pop-music, about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your voice,” according to a statement.

Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”), who developed the screenplay with Minghella, serves as executive producer.

Interscope Records, which is handling the chart-topping soundtrack on “La La Land,” will co-produce with Automatik, and will release the official soundtrack featuring contemporary pop anthems.

Berger brings his musical team from “La La Land” to the project, including music producer Marius DeVries (“Moulin Rouge”) and music supervisor Steven Gizicki, previously of Lucasfilm. Cinematographer Autumn Durald (“Palo Alto”), renowned for »

- Leo Barraclough

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‘The Path’: 7 Predictions For Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy in Season 2

24 January 2017 9:30 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Eddie Lane (Aaron Paul)

Where We Left Off: Eddie left the church after a series of disconcerting events — including visions of a giant snake — that forced him to question his faith. He separated from his wife, Sarah, because of his crisis of faith, as she could not remain married to a “denier” (someone who was part of the movement and left) under the rules of Meyerism. On advice from Richard (Clark Middleton), Eddie returned to Peru in search of explanations for his wild visions. There, he found the hospital where Meyerist founder Steven Meyer was incapacitated…but now he’s awake!

Prediction No. 1: Steve won’t give Eddie the answers he wants. Eddie arrived in Peru looking for proof that Meyerism was nothing but an ever-expanding lie, and finding Steve — awake, nonetheless — could provide him that very opportunity. But, even without meeting Steve, it seems unlikely he would turn into a denier himself. »

- Ben Travers

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Film Festival Roundup: Santa Barbara International, Reel Abilities, Athena Film Festival and More Announce Full Lineups

12 January 2017 12:47 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– The Santa Barbara International Film Festival has announced its lineup for the 32nd edition, which will run February 1 – 11. The festival will offer a vast array of films representing 50+ countries, 51 world premieres and 64 Us premieres, along with tributes with the year’s top talent, panel discussions, and free community education and outreach programs. The festival will kick off on February 1 with the world premiere of “Charged.” The fest will also feature “Heal the Living” as its international gala and “Their Finest” as it closing night offering. 

Sbiff will also play home to a number of tributes, with honorees including Denzel Washington, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, Isabelle Huppert and many more, previously announced accolades.

To find out more about the full lineup, plus information on tributes »

- Kate Erbland

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The CW’s Mark Pedowitz Says Breaking Up with Hulu Has Given the Network a ‘Massive’ Digital Boost

8 January 2017 10:34 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The CW has doubled the amount of viewers coming to its website and app to stream series, three months after pulling those episodes off Hulu.

The CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Association press tour that means advertising serves have more than doubled on Cwtv.com and its app – a big boon for the network, which obviously controls its digital ad sales.

The change happened earlier this year after The CW hammered out a new pact with Netflix that gives that service streaming rights to CW series eight days after those shows end their run on the network. Previously, Hulu had in-season rights to a rolling five episodes of CW shows. That in-season streaming access now exclusively resides on Cwtv.com and the network’s app, as well as affiliate station video on-demand offerings.

Pedowitz said the response has been “massive. We have not advertised. »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

7 January 2017 11:44 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

How do you turn one woman’s inner narrative into something visceral? Especially when that woman is describing the horrific dystopia in which she’s trapped? That’s the challenge director Reed Morano faced when she took on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — and it was one that she relished.

“I just pitched the craziest ideas I could,” Morano told IndieWire on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Showrunner Bruce Miller described the series, set in a dystopian world that subjugates women, as a “thriller.” But it’s also an intimate depiction of life in this terrifying world, told almost entirely from the point of view of Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a young woman forced essentially into sexual slavery.

Read More: The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

Margaret Atwood’s original novel lives entirely in Offred’s head, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood’s Classic Novel Cinematic

7 January 2017 11:44 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

How do you turn one woman’s inner narrative into something visceral? Especially when that woman is describing the horrific dystopia in which she’s trapped? That’s the challenge director Reed Morano faced when she took on Hulu’s upcoming adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” — and it was one that she relished.

“I just pitched the craziest ideas I could,” Morano told IndieWire on Saturday at the Television Critics Association press tour.

Showrunner Bruce Miller described the series, set in a dystopian world that subjugates women, as a “thriller.” But it’s also an intimate depiction of life in this terrifying world, told almost entirely from the point of view of Offred (Elisabeth Moss), a young woman forced essentially into sexual slavery.

Read More: The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer: Elisabeth Moss Risks It All in Hulu Adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Drama

Margaret Atwood’s original novel lives entirely in Offred’s head, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Feels ‘Prescient’ for Present-Day Struggles, Cast Says

7 January 2017 5:47 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” was published more than 30 years ago, and it’s since been turned into a TV movie, a ballet, an opera, and now a series starring Elisabeth Moss that will premiere on Hulu on April 26.

“Every time someone reads it, it’s timely,” showrunner Bruce Miller told reporters in Pasadena, Calif., at the winter Television Critics Association press tour.

Yet there is a sense of urgency about the newest adaptation, Miller and cast members acknowledged. The novel and series center on Offred (Moss), essentially a child-bearing slave in the new Republic of Gilead, a theocratic autocracy that has replaced the United States after an extreme Christian sect orchestrated a coup. Women in this world are subjugated, reduced to roles that boil down to wives or breeders (the handmaids).

Miller was writing the scripts for the series during the presidential primaries. “I think none of us could ignore what was happening »

- Oriana Schwindt

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‘The Golden Girls’: Memorable Images from the Iconic 1980s Series

7 January 2017 11:35 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Hulu just secured exclusive digital rights to NBC’s fondly remembered sitcom “The Golden Girls,” which marks the first time the entire series will be available to stream all in one place.  The service will launch its “Golden Girls” run on Feb. 13 (“Galentine’s Day” for “Parks and Recreation” fans).

Related stories'Riverdale': CW's Lynchian Archie Just Missed Becoming a Time-Travel Show Starring Louis C.K.The CW's Mark Pedowitz Says Breaking Up with Hulu Has Given the Network a 'Massive' Digital Boost'The Handmaid's Tale': How Director Reed Morano Made Margaret Atwood's Classic Novel Cinematic »

- Michael Schneider

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‘The Path’ Season 2: How Aaron Paul’s Cult Drama Became More Important in Trump’s America

7 January 2017 11:28 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The name “Donald Trump” was never uttered, but his presence lingered over a Saturday morning discussion with the stars and producer of Hulu’s “The Path.”

The series cast, including Aaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan, and Hugh Dancy, along with creator Jessica Goldberg, sounded starkly aware that 2017 will be a far different year than many expected, and their show might be seen differently as a result — likely for the better.

“I’m so excited this show is coming out in this new American time,” Goldberg told reporters during Hulu’s panel discussion at the Television Critics Association press tour. “I think it will be really interesting how we look to faith during this change in American life.”

Appropriately, the Meyerist movement (the religion — “not a f*cking cult!” — at the center of “The Path”) is expanding in Season 2. Cal (Dancy) is pushing for a new “center” in New York City, in »

- Ben Travers

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Alexis Bledel and Elisabeth Moss Preview Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ (Watch)

7 January 2017 11:14 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hulu has released the first teaser for its upcoming dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale,” starring Elisabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, Joseph Fiennes, and the recently revealed Alexis Bledel (among others). The trailer, which you can watch above or on YouTube, introduces us to the fictional world of the Republic of Gilead, the authoritarian theocracy that has supplanted the United States, where women are nothing more than wives, servants, or breeders, referred to as “handmaids.”

Elisabeth Moss’ Offred is one such handmaid. “I had another name, but it’s forbidden now,” Offred explains in the trailer. “So many things are forbidden now.” Offred once had a husband, and child, we see, who were taken from her. She and the other handmaids are overseen by Aunt Lydia (Anne Dowd), who intones, “Ordinary is just what you’re used to.”

The 10-episode series, based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name, will »

- Oriana Schwindt

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