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Allison Janney Says Tonya Harding Loved Her Performance in ‘I, Tonya’ — Watch

Allison Janney Says Tonya Harding Loved Her Performance in ‘I, Tonya’ — Watch
As moviegoers head to see “I, Tonya” in theaters this weekend, those who remember the Tonya Harding scandal may come away with an entirely different view of the disgraced former Olympian. It’s no surprise then that Harding, who made international headlines for her supposed involvement in the 1994 assault of Nancy Kerrigan, is a big fan of the film. “She loved the movie. There were parts she didn’t like, but I think mostly she was really excited about it,” Allison Janney said on a recent visit to “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”

Janney plays Harding’s shockingly abusive mother in the lively dark comedy, which stars an excellent Margot Robbie in the titular role and was directed by Craig Gillespie. Janney’s disturbingly hilarious performance as the tough-talking, chain-smoking Lavona Harding has been hailed as one of her finest, and could potentially earn Janney her first Oscar nomination.

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“Orange Is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba to Topline “Miss Virginia”

Aduba on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Crazy Eyes” has signed on to star in an indie drama. “Orange Is the New Black” actress Uzo Aduba will topline “Miss Virgina,” Variety reports. Penned by Erin O’Connor, the script is based on a true story and “follows a struggling inner-city single mother who moves her at-risk son from their dangerous neighborhood school to an expensive one in a safe area,” the source writes.

“The real Miss Virginia is as formidable as she is warm and down-to-earth,” said O’Connor, who is also among the film’s producers. “No one captures that spirit like Uzo. Her bravery, grit, and humor shine through in all her performances. We’re ecstatic that she will be bringing her infectious energy to ‘Miss Virginia.’”

R.J. Daniel Hanna (“Shelter”) is directing the feature, which is expected to kick off production early next year in Los Angeles.

Aduba has won two Emmys for portraying Suzanne “Crazy EyesWarren in “Orange Is the New Black,” which is set to return for a sixth season. A premiere date for the next installment of the Netflix hit has yet to be announced. Her big screen credits include Philip Roth adaptation “American Pastoral” and Sian Heder’s Ellen Page-starrer “Tallulah,” a drama about a woman who kidnaps a toddler.

While she’s said she’s always happy to answer questions regarding “Oitnb’s” inclusive portrayals of race and beauty, Aduba believes the fight is far from over. “We’re further away than we want to be, or that we believe ourselves to be,” she said of the entertainment industry, and seemingly the world at large. “I think gestures of progress can sometimes confuse us into thinking that we’ve passed points that we actually haven’t passed. And then we find ourselves confronted with obstacles and social injustices that remind us how far away we are from the finishing line.” She added, “It also takes the bravery of all parties. I would like to see that question posed to the people who have the agency to change it.”

Orange Is the New Black’s” Uzo Aduba to Topline “Miss Virginia” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Awards, Human Rights Watch Festival Unveils Lineup and More

Film Festival Roundup: Hot Docs Announces Awards, Human Rights Watch Festival Unveils Lineup and More
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 Human Rights Watch Film Festival will be presented June 9 – 18, with 21 topical and provocative feature documentaries and panel discussions that showcase courageous resilience in challenging times. In an era of global advances by far-right forces into the political mainstream, assaults on the free press, and the rise of “citizen journalism,” festival organizers hope that the films in this year’s program can serve as inspiration and motivation for the audience, from seasoned activists to those searching for a role in local and global movements.

Now in its 28th edition, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival is co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center. All screenings will be followed by in-depth discussions with filmmakers, film subjects, Human Rights Watch researchers, and special guests.
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Nantucket Film Festival Adds TV Screenings, Honor for 'Patti Cake$' Director Geremy Jasper

Nantucket Film Festival Adds TV Screenings, Honor for 'Patti Cake$' Director Geremy Jasper
The Nantucket Film Festival on Wednesday announced more information about new and returning programs for its upcoming 22nd edition, which is set to run June 21-26.

The fest also added to its list of honorees Patti Cake$ writer-director Geremy Jasper, who will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award, presented by Bridget Everett. Previous recipients of the honor include Sian Heder, Leslye Headland, Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar, Michael Arndt, Lake Bell and Mike Cahill. Jasper will be recognized alongside the previously announced Tom McCarthy, Nick Broomfield, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik at the Screenwriters Tribute on June 23.

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Nantucket Film Festival Adds TV Screenings, Honor for 'Patti Cake$' Director Geremy Jasper

The Nantucket Film Festival on Wednesday announced more information about new and returning programs for its upcoming 22nd edition, which is set to run June 21-26.

The fest also added to its list of honorees Patti Cake$ writer-director Geremy Jasper, who will receive the New Voices in Screenwriting Award, presented by Bridget Everett. Previous recipients of the honor include Sian Heder, Leslye Headland, Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Alibar, Michael Arndt, Lake Bell and Mike Cahill. Jasper will be recognized alongside the previously announced Tom McCarthy, Nick Broomfield, David Crane and Jeffrey Klarik at the Screenwriters Tribute on June 23.

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AFI Selects Paul Feig as Distinguished Artist for Women’s Directing Workshop

AFI Selects Paul Feig as Distinguished Artist for Women’s Directing Workshop
Paul Feig has been selected as the distinguished artist for the American Film Institute Conservatory’s directing workshop for women.

Feig has become one of Hollywood’s top directors of female-driven movie comedies with credits on “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” “Spy” and “Ghostbusters.” He created the show “Freaks and Geeks” and directed episodes of “The Office,” “Arrested Development,” “30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Mad Men.”

AFI’s filmmaker training program is committed to increasing the number of women working as directors and showrunners in film and television. Class of 2018 filmmakers are Beth de Araújo, Georgia Fu, Milena Govich, Tiffany Johnson, Katrelle Kindred, Nancy Mejía, Gandja Monteiro and Lorraine Nicholson.

The group will spend the year of mentorship, collaboration and creation to make a short film or series.

“To meet with this amazingly impassioned group of diverse, talented filmmakers is a dream come true,” said Feig. “I salute the AFI for their strong support of female storytellers.
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Female Filmmakers Are ‘Grossly Underrepresented’ When It Comes to Directing Opportunities, New Study Finds

Female Filmmakers Are ‘Grossly Underrepresented’ When It Comes to Directing Opportunities, New Study Finds
USC Annenberg’s Media, Diversity & Social Change Initiative (via The Hollywood Reporter) has released its latest study about female directors in Hollywood, a ten-year long look at various metrics across the industry, including not just gender and race, but age as well. Although some of the stats investigated in the study are not new to those even remotely plugged into the state of the industry and its opportunities, they are still startling to see.

And the study is blunt when delivering them, as the study includes findings as seemingly cut and dry as “the director’s chair is white and male” and “age restricts opportunities for female filmmakers” and even “one & done: opportunities for female directors are rare.” It’s the truth, and it’s very hard to swallow.

Read More: One-Third of the Films At Sundance Were Directed By Women, But That Shouldn’t Be Confused With the Real World

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‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘13th’ and More Top List of Finalists for Humanitas Prize

‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘13th’ and More Top List of Finalists for Humanitas Prize
Writers for the socially conscious “Hidden Figures” and “Tallulah” are among this year’s finalists for the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize, announced Wednesday by Humanitas executive director Cathleen Young and president Ali LeRoi.

Thirty-two different writers will compete for $100,000 in prize money, awarded to those whose work “inspires compassion, hope and understanding in the human family.” The winners will be announced at the annual luncheon in February at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Episodes from “Madam Secretary” and “The Night Of” compete in the 60-minute category, while the non-fiction “120 Days: Undocumented in America” goes up against “13th” in the documentary category. Finalists also include professors from various universities vying for the drama fellowship and David & Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship.

“We received a huge number of worthy submissions this year, which made narrowing the field down to these exceptional finalists especially challenging — and rewarding,” said Young in a statement. “These
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‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘13th’ and More Top List of Finalists for Humanitas Prize

‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Grace & Frankie,’ ‘13th’ and More Top List of Finalists for Humanitas Prize
Writers for the socially conscious “Hidden Figures” and “Tallulah” are among this year’s finalists for the 42nd annual Humanitas Prize, announced Wednesday by Humanitas executive director Cathleen Young and president Ali LeRoi.

Thirty-two different writers will compete for $100,000 in prize money, awarded to those whose work “inspires compassion, hope and understanding in the human family.” The winners will be announced at the annual luncheon in February at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

Episodes from “Madam Secretary” and “The Night Of” compete in the 60-minute category, while the non-fiction “120 Days: Undocumented in America” goes up against “13th” in the documentary category. Finalists also include professors from various universities vying for the drama fellowship and David & Lynn Angell Comedy Fellowship.

“We received a huge number of worthy submissions this year, which made narrowing the field down to these exceptional finalists especially challenging — and rewarding,” said Young in a statement.
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My Favorite Scene: 'The Mindy Project' Showrunner on the Biggest Moment in the Show's History

My Favorite Scene: 'The Mindy Project' Showrunner on the Biggest Moment in the Show's History
No one loves a great scene more than the person who first dreamed it up -- the writer. We're asking iconic shows' creators and writers to tell Et all about getting to see their most cherished moment on their series make it from script to screen.

As The Mindy Project reaches a TV milestone -- 100 episodes -- showrunner Matt Warburton looks back on the episode he wrote, "C Is for Coward" from season four, when Mindy (Mindy Kaling) has her baby, Leo. In the highly anticipated episode, Mindy is trapped on the subway with best friend Morgan (Ike Barinholtz) and her nemesis Brendan (Mark Duplass) as Danny (Chris Messina) comes "running down the railroad tracks like an action hero," Warburton tells Et. "It's really fun because it brought together so many elements the fans of the show love: the Mindy-Danny relationship, the Mindy-Morgan relationship, we got to have a great guest star in the scene and it
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Film Independent Announces Filmmakers Selected For 2016 Producing Lab

Film Independent Announces Filmmakers Selected For 2016 Producing Lab
Film Independent has announced the producers selected for its 16th annual Producing Lab. Participating with a project they’re in the process of producing, the four-week program is designed to help the filmmakers develop their skills as independent producers.

Seven projects and a total of nine producers will participate, and through the Lab will develop a strategy and action plan to bring their project to life, as well as meet professionals who can advise them on their craft and the business of independent producing.

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This year’s Creative Advisors are Karin Chien (“Circumstance”), Heather Rae (“Tallulah”) and Daniel Wagner (“Miles Ahead”). Guest speakers include Charles Howard, Tri-Star Pictures President Hannah Minghella CAA Agents Maren Olson and Tristen Tuckfield, and Jason Berman (“The Birth of a Nation,” “Mediterranea”).

“We are thrilled to welcome this dynamic group of producers to the Lab.
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‘Gaycation’ Season 2 Trailer: Ellen Page Explores Lgbtq Issues in India and Ukraine in Viceland’s Documentary Series

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‘Gaycation’ Season 2 Trailer: Ellen Page Explores Lgbtq Issues in India and Ukraine in Viceland’s Documentary Series
Gaycation” has been a staple of Viceland’s programming since the network launched earlier this year, making it little surprise that the documentary series is already set to return for a second season. Ellen Page and Ian Daniel will once again travel the globe to explore Lgbtq issues, as they did in a recent special made shortly after the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando. Watch the trailer for season two below.

Read More: ‘Gaycation Presents: Orlando’ Trailer: Ellen Page Co-Hosts Special Focused On Aftermath Of Florida Shooting

This second go-round will take the duo to India, Ukraine (where they’re told “homosexuality is simply a sin”) and Georgia, where a police officer explains that that they don’t have hate-crime laws despite the fact that hate crimes are perpetrated daily.

Read More: Why Ellen Page and Ian Daniel Traveled the World For ‘Gaycation,’ But Ended Things
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Ellen Page and Kate Mara To Star in Forbidden Romantic Drama ‘Mercy’

Ellen Page and Kate Mara To Star in Forbidden Romantic Drama ‘Mercy’
Ellen Page and Kate Mara are set to star alongside each other in Tali Shalom Ezer’s romantic drama “Mercy,” Variety reports. The film will also feature turns from Amy Seimetz, Pablo Schreiber and Elias Koteas.

Per Variety, “Page is portraying Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row falling in love with Mara’s Mercy character, a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world begins to unravel.”

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Ezer, who previously directed the Sundance drama “Princess,” will direct the film from a script by Joe Barton. The film will be produced by Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa for Killer Films, along with Page and Mara. And it sounds like “Mercy” is a passion project for everyone involved,
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Movie Review – Tallulah (2016)

Tallulah, 2016.

Written and directed by Sian Heder.

Starring Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Zachary Quinto, John Benjamin Hickey and Uzo Aduba.

Synopsis:

Tallulah tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen Page), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively “rescue” a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney), who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother.

More than anything, Tallulah is a negotiation of what exactly it means to be a mother. Among other things, including themes of abandonment, millennial angst and notes of the bildungsroman, motherhood is the lifeblood at the core of Sian Heder’s new femalecentric drama, and the script and direction examines and explores exactly what motherhood means for the plot’s three central characters.
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‘Gaycation Presents: Orlando’ Trailer: Ellen Page Co-Hosts Special Focused On Aftermath Of Florida Shooting

‘Gaycation Presents: Orlando’ Trailer: Ellen Page Co-Hosts Special Focused On Aftermath Of Florida Shooting
On August 24, Ellen Page and Ian Daniel will take viewers on an emotional trip to Orlando, Florida in the Viceland special, “Gaycation Presents: Orlando.” Focused on the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in American history that took place at the gay nightclub Pulse, the duo spoke with a diverse group of individuals affected by the horrendous act of violence committed against the Lgbtq community.

“Losing so many at once, it’s almost impossible to deal with,” says a woman in the first trailer released. “Gaycation Presents: Orlando” includes one survivor’s harrowing story of escaping the night club and another’s day of burying one pair of friends. The special hopes to shed a glimmer of light and show that the seeds of love and recovery for Orlando are possible and that the strength of the community — Lgbtq and beyond — will persevere.

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YouTube Filmmaker Yulin Kuang Brings Cinematic Aesthetic To The CW Seed – Springboard

YouTube Filmmaker Yulin Kuang Brings Cinematic Aesthetic To The CW Seed – Springboard
IndieWire’s Springboard column profiles up-and-comers in the film industry worthy of your attention.

The URL for Yulin Kuang’s YouTube channel is “yulinisworking,” a very fitting handle for this plucky young filmmaker, who hit the ground running out of college and shows no signs of slowing down.

Her series, “I Ship It,” based on her short film of the same name, premiered on the CW Seed this summer. New Form Digital produced the musical web series and helped Kuang shop it to the CW’s digital streaming service. With its musical aspect, “I Ship It” follows in the vein of shows like “Glee” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Though the series bears some evidence of network tampering (it lacks some of the quirky originality that makes Kuang’s work stand out), the series stays true to Kuang’s values with a diverse cast and a nerdy girl protagonist.

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Exclusive interview with Tallulah writer/director Sian Heder and producer Hannah Rae

Having premiered at both the Sundance Film Festival and been featured as part of its London offshoot which took place back in June, acclaimed drama Tallulah is now available to stream on Netflix after the subscription service purchased the rights back in January. To celebrate the release of the film, Flickering Myth reporter Scott J. Davis sat down with the film’s writer-director Sian Heder and producer Hannah Rae to discuss the film, the Sundance experience and casting Ellen Page

After years of trying to get the film made, it was this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah that provided the platform for Tallulah, which was snapped up by Netflix. About the experience and what it has done for her film, Heder said:

“It’s amazing – every indie filmmaker is making their film with the dream of going to sundance but it always feels like a long shot. Heather
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Exclusive: Sian Heder and Heather Rae on Tallulah starring Ellen Page & Allison Janney

In bringing Tallulah to the small screen Netflix have retained the services of one of the most important people behind the scenes at another of their shining stars. Writer/director Sian Heder’s most notable outing before her feature debut was as a writer and story editor on the rightly celebrated Orange is the New Black and […]

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‘Tallulah’ Review: Sian Heder’s Overwrought Debut Hits Hard at Flawed Mothers, and Viewers

‘Tallulah’ Review: Sian Heder’s Overwrought Debut Hits Hard at Flawed Mothers, and Viewers
Mothers — who gets good ones, who gets to be one — have never been so over-examined as they are in “Tallulah,” the first feature from television writer/director Sian Heder (“Orange is the New Black”). Heder has made no secret of the difficulties in financing the film, telling IndieWire’s Kate Erbland of pressure to make one of the three female leads a man. However, in her dogged attempt to render and redeem flawed mothers, she belabors the point she fought so hard to make.

Read More: How ‘Tallulah’ Director Sian Heder Overcame Rejection To Make Her Sundance Hit – Springboard

Tallulah” — named for its lead character, played by Ellen Page — is a dumpster-diving punk living in a van with her boyfriend Nico (Evan Jonigkeit), until he ditches her to return to the comfortable life he left behind. Tallulah’s search for Nico leads her to his mother’s doorstep, who hasn
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Tallulah Review

In the last year, Netflix has expanded its focus on original programming from acclaimed series like House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black and Daredevil into full-length feature films. From the harrowing drama of Beasts of No Nation to the throwback silliness of Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday, the streaming service has demonstrated an eye for material with a built-in appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences, even if some have balked at their eagerness to enter a multi-picture deal with Adam Sandler. Luckily, Tallulah is perhaps one of the more well-received Netflix original films to date.

Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page stars as the title character, a vagabond who chooses to live out of her van on an indefinite cross-country road trip. However, when her boyfriend (Evan Jonigkeit) leaves her side, a chain of events is set in motion that sees Tallulah developing ties with both an abandoned toddler and
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