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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director

Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director
Greta Gerwig has a story about the moment she knew she would become a director. Shortly after she starred in and co-wrote “Frances Ha” with Noah Baumbach, she met “Orlando” director Sally Potter at a party. Gerwig cornered Potter, to pick her brain.

“I do that with people I admire,” Gerwig said. “I was writing a lot. I was asking her about how she does what she does. Does she do it first thing in the morning in longhand, or many computer drafts? I was being nerdy and needy, and she was answering and being very kind.

“Then she grabbed me by the arm and looked me in the eyes and asked me, ‘What do you really want to ask me about?’ My blood ran cold. ‘You really want to ask me about directing.’

How do you know that?’

‘I’m part gypsy and it’s written all over you!
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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director

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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director
Greta Gerwig has a story about the moment she knew she would become a director. Shortly after she starred in and co-wrote “Frances Ha” with Noah Baumbach, she met “Orlando” director Sally Potter at a party. Gerwig cornered Potter, to pick her brain.

“I do that with people I admire,” Gerwig said. “I was writing a lot. I was asking her about how she does what she does. Does she do it first thing in the morning in longhand, or many computer drafts? I was being nerdy and needy, and she was answering and being very kind.

“Then she grabbed me by the arm and looked me in the eyes and asked me, ‘What do you really want to ask me about?’ My blood ran cold. ‘You really want to ask me about directing.’

How do you know that?’

‘I’m part gypsy and it’s written all over you!
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‘Hannah Takes the Stairs’ and the Coalescence of Mumblecore

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

Declaring 2007 to be the year mumblecore came of age would be equally as fair as labeling it the year mumblecore collapsed. The signs of ascendance and coalescence—group coverage in high-profile publications, series programmed at art houses,
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5 reasons to watch Before I Fall

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5 reasons to watch Before I Fall5 reasons to watch Before I FallAdriana Floridia7/27/2017 4:02:00 Pm

Have you seen Before I Fall yet?

The film follows Samantha Kingston, a senior in high school who dies in a car crash after going out to a party with her best friends. However, she mysteriously finds herself re-living her last day over and over again, revealing truths about her relationships and herself that could only come to fruition because of this supernatural occurrence.

We saw the film and found it to be one of the most compelling teen dramas we've seen in a while, and so we're giving you five reasons why you should watch Before I Fall now that it's available to stream in the Cineplex Store!

Zoey Deutch

Zoey Deutch is quickly rising to stardom, and her leading performance in Before I Fall will help secure that. You may recognize her
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The 17 Best Indie Movies of 2017 (So Far)

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The 17 Best Indie Movies of 2017 (So Far)
Yes, we know: It’s a little premature to assemble a list of the best movies of the year when there’s so much left of it. We have yet to see a lot of exciting new work from major auteurs like Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Alexander Payne (“Downsizing”), and Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), not to mention heavy-hitting studio-produced spectacles like “Blade Runner 2049” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” But those last two wouldn’t even qualify for this list of the best independent films of the year, anyway, and they’ll have plenty of time to hog the spotlight.

Fortunately, we’ve found plenty of movies from around the world to celebrate, and while they haven’t all been box office sensations, they provide overwhelming evidence that the art form is thriving well into the second decade of the new millennium, and shows no signs of slowing down.
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Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring ‘New Edition Story’s’ Jahi Winston

Netflix Orders Comedy Series Starring ‘New Edition Story’s’ Jahi Winston
Netflix has ordered a new comedy series titled “Everything Sucks” that will star Jahi Winston, who played a young Ralph Tresvant in Bet’s “The New Edition Story.”

The 10-episode series follows two groups of high school misfits, an A/V club and a Drama club who collide in 1996 Oregon. The series stars Peyton Kennedy and Winston as students Kate Messner and Luke O’Neil. The series also stars Patch Darragh and Claudine Nako as their respective parents. Sydney Sweeney, Elijah Stevenson, Quinn Liebling, and Rio Mangini will also star.
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Trailer Watch: A Woman Re-Lives Her Murder in “Groundhog Day”-esque “Happy Death Day”

Happy Death Day

Groundhog Day” is serving as major inspiration for a second time this year. Ry Russo-Young’s “Before I Fall” saw its teen protagonist re-living the day she died — and reevaluating how she lived her life — and now “Happy Death Day” is offering a slasher take on the classic 1993 Bill Murray comedy. A trailer has been released for the horror film, which follows a college student on her birthday — which turns out to also be her death day. But her story is far from over.

Tree (Jessica Rothe, “Mary + Jane,” “La La Land”) is murdered on her birthday, but she wakes up and is forced to re-live the day. Things are exactly the same as the day prior — except for the fact that she remembers everything that happened, including her murder. No one else remembers anything. It’s her birthday and death day all over again.

“Look, I know this isn’t going to make any sense. I feel like I’m losing my mind. I’ve already lived through this day,” says Tree in the spot. “Somebody’s going to kill me tonight.”

No matter what Tree does, her birthday concludes the same way: with her being murdered by a masked figure. Then she wakes up, and is forced to re-live the day — and her murder.

“The way I see it, you have [an] unlimited amount of lives,” her friend says. “Unlimited opportunities to solve your own murder.”

So Tree will keep dying until she can figure out who her killer is.

Roth has a number of projects in the works, including Rachel Goldenberg’s “Valley Girl” musical remake and Bethany Ashton Wolf’s “Forever My Girl,” a romance about high school sweethearts, missed opportunities, and the lure of fame.

Happy Death Day” is directed by Christopher Landon (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”) and will hit theaters just in time for Halloween, Friday October 13.

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Trailer Watch: A Woman Re-Lives Her Murder in “Groundhog Day”-esque “Happy Death Day” 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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New to Streaming: ‘Logan,’ ‘Good Morning,’ ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ ‘The Survivalist,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Before I Fall (Ry Russo-Young)

Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon,
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New Shonda Rhimes Show & Season 2 of “Queen Sugar” Get Premiere Dates

“Still Star Crossed”: ABC

Your summer TV watchlist just got longer. Premiere dates have been announced for Shonda Rhimes’ newest show, “Still Star Crossed,” and the second season of Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey’s family drama “Queen Sugar.” “Still Star Crossed” is set to debut May 29 on ABC. “Queen Sugar” will have a two-night premiere June 20 and 21 on Own.

Based on Melinda Taub’s book, “Still Star Crossed” is a continuation of “Romeo and Juliet.” Per Variety, the series will trace the “treachery, palace intrigue, and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.” Rhimes serves as exec producer alongside Shondaland partner Betsy Beers and Mark Wilding, Michael Goldstein, and Michael Offer. Offer directed the pilot.

“Still Star Crossed” stars Ebonee Noel (“Eye Candy”), Medalion Rahimi (Ry Russo-Young’s “Before I Fall”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood”), Zuleikha Robinson (Mira Nair’s “The Namesake”), Wade Briggs (“Please Like Me”), Torrance Coombs (“Reign”), Sterling Sulieman (“Veep”), and Anthony Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

Rhimes’ other upcoming TV projects include a cable comedy series based on Luvvie Ajayi’s first book, “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual,” and an untitled legal drama for ABC.

Meanwhile, news of “Queen Sugar’s” premiere date was accompanied with information about some of the women directors helming episodes of the new season. According to Deadline, DeMane Davis (“Lift”), Cheryl Dunye (“The Watermelon Woman”), Aurora Guerrero (“Mosquita y Mari”), and Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park”) have all signed on to direct. Like its inaugural season, the new episodes of “Queen Sugar” will all be directed by women.

The season will reportedly be split into two parts. The first eight eps will air this summer, while the remaining installments will broadcast in the fall. DuVernay is expected to helm the season finale.

Deadline adds that Season 1 of “Queen Sugar” will be released on Hulu April 21. The streaming giant will also be home to future seasons after they’ve been broadcast on Own.

Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley (“True Blood”), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (“Luke Cage”), and Kofi Siriboe (“Awkward.”) as siblings Nova, Charley, and Ralph Angel, respectively. Based on Natalie Baszile’s novel, the series centers on the Bordelon siblings’ struggle to revive their late father’s Louisiana farm. Its first season finale ranked as the number one cable telecast for women when it aired, delivering 2.76 million total viewers.

Queen Sugar” is exec produced by DuVernay, Winfrey, and Monica Macer. Macer will also be the second season’s showrunner.

DuVernay’s most recent project was “13th,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary examining the U.S. prison system and its racist policies. DuVernay’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” hits theaters April 6, 2018.

You can catch Winfrey next in the HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book premieres April 22.

New Shonda Rhimes Show & Season 2 of “Queen Sugar” Get Premiere Dates 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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The Belko Experiment: Greg McLean On Realizing James Gunn’s Office Terror

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In 2005, director Greg McLean first got attention with his Aussie thriller Wolf Creek, which led to a sequel and a recent cable mini-series, as he continued to work in the horror realm.

McLean’s latest movie The Belko Experiment is actually based on an original idea by James Gunn, who came up with the idea and wrote the script years ago, but got too busy developing Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy to make the movie. He called upon McLean to develop the idea of a group of corporate employees who find themselves in a situation where they need to kill in order to survive the exact reverse of a team-building situation.

John Gallagher, Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane) plays Mike Milch, a popular employee at the Belko Corporation, whose building in Bogota, Colombia is thrown into disarray when a voice comes over the P.A. telling the 80 employees that they need
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5 reasons to see Before I Fall

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5 reasons to see Before I Fall5 reasons to see Before I FallAdriana Floridia3/13/2017 1:47:00 Pm

Have you seen Before I Fall yet?

The film follows Samantha Kingston, a senior in high school who dies in a car crash after going out to a party with her best friends. However, she mysteriously finds herself re-living her last day over and over again, revealing truths about her relationships and herself that could only come to fruition because of this supernatural occurrence.

We saw the film and found it to be one of the most compelling teen dramas we've seen in a while, and so we're giving you five reasons why you must see Before I Fall in theatres.

Zoey Deutch

Zoey Deutch is quickly rising to stardom, and her leading performance in Before I Fall will help secure that. You may recognize her from a couple of films last year: she
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The Sense Of An Ending: Director Ritesh Batra On The British Drama

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Granted, it may be fair to say that The Sense of an Ending is probably not the type of movie that most Lrm readers would actively seek out, being a pretty serious British drama based on the prize-winning 2011 novel by Julian Barnes.

It stars Oscar winner Jim Broadbent as photographer Tony Webster, who reflects back on his college days in the ‘60s when someone he knew as a child passes away, leaving him a diary that may explain why their friendship fell apart over a pretty woman who came between them named Veronica (played by Scottish actress Freya Mavor from Skins in the past and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling in the present).

Sure, The Sense of an Ending may be more of a movie you go to see with your parents, or even grandparents, but what makes the film interesting to film lovers is that it’s the first English
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The Weekend Warrior 3/10/17: Kong: Skull Island, Brimstone, Canners

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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out….but mostly movies.

This Past Weekend:

It was absolutely no surprise that Hugh Jackman’s last Wolverine movie Logan would top the box office, but it actually ended up doing even better than my prediction when actual numbers came in, grossing $88.3 million over the weekend. That makes it the fourth highest X-Movie opening (including Deadpool) but also the biggest R-rated opening for March, defeating 300’s once-impressive $70 million opening. It’s also the fourth highest R-rated opening of all time after Deadpool, The Matrix Reloaded and American Sniper.

The bigger surprise was how well Jordan Peele’s thriller Get Out held up in its second weekend, not only because it was going up against Logan, but also because high-profile horror films tend
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Heart of the matter by Anne-Katrin Titze

Katell Quillévéré on Steven Spielberg's E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial: "For me it was something from my childhood ..." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The danger of living is lurking at every corner at the start of Katell Quillévéré's medical thriller Heal The Living (Réparer Les Vivants), co-written with Gilles Taurand, based on a novel by Maylis De Kerangal, starring Emmanuelle Seigner, Kool Shen (Catherine Breillat's Abus De Faiblesse with Isabelle Huppert), Tahar Rahim, Gabin Verdet, Théo Choldbi, and Finnegan Oldfield (Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys).

I first met Katell Quillévéré when she was presenting her film Suzanne, which stars Sara Forestier, Adèle Haenel, François Damiens, and Paul Hamy. Katell also participated, along with Julie Gayet, Axelle Ropert, Isabelle Giordano, Rebecca Zlotowski, Stacie Passon, Ry Russo-Young, Deborah Kampmeier, and Justine Triet, in activities at the French Institute Alliance Française on International Women’s Day during the 2014 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema in New York.
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Brimstone: Guy Pearce On The Dark Western Thriller

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Ever since his breakout role in L.A. Confidential twenty years ago, Australian actor Guy Pearce has been able to create prestige for himself with memorable roles in Christopher Nolan’s early film Memento and others. (For instance, he appeared in two recent Best Picture winners in The Hurt Locker and The King’s Speech). More importantly, he's been able to star in a series of fantastic genre films from The Proposition and Animal Kingdom to the Guillermo del Toro-produced Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and Ridley Scott's Prometheus.

Brimstone, from Dutch filmmaker Martin Koolhoven (Winter in Watime), puts Pearce back in familiar Western territory as The Proposition, playing a very different character, an ultra-pious Dutch preacher known only as “The Reverend” who spends the movie chasing after a young woman, played by Dakota Fanning. There’s a lot more to the story, which is told
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Box Office Takeaways: ‘Logan’ Is R-Rated Marvel As ‘Get Out’ Also Roars

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Box Office Takeaways: ‘Logan’ Is R-Rated Marvel As ‘Get Out’ Also Roars
The lagging 2017 box office got a big boost as “Logan” (20th Century Fox), starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine — the first of three anticipated March juggernauts — opened like a summer franchise blockbuster. The offshoot from the “Wolverine” subset of X-Men movies marks the first R-rating for the storied franchise.

Even better, it wasn’t the only upbeat news this post-Oscars weekend. Hitchcockian thriller “Get Out” (Universal), the Blumhouse sleeper from Jordan Peele, dropped only 22 per cent on its second weekend, which is stunning.

And Lionsgate, fresh off eight wins from “La La Land” and “Hacksaw Ridge” on Oscar night, returned with the surprisingly strong faith-based “The Shack,” starring “Hidden Figures” Oscar-nominee and Saturday Night Live host Octavia Spencer.

The post-Oscar results were mixed to positive, as two of the top category winners are already available for home viewing. “Moonlight” (streaming and available on DVD/Blu-Ray) had both the widest break
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Box Office: ‘Logan’ Wins Friday With Massive $33 Million

Box Office: ‘Logan’ Wins Friday With Massive $33 Million
Hugh Jackman’s “Logan” is a box office beast.

Fox’s Wolverine film posted $33.1 million on Friday from 4,071 locations, raising its three-day estimate to over $80 million. To become the largest opening on 2017 so far, the movie need only top “The Lego Batman Movie’s” $53 million launch.

Logan” follows an aged Wolverine who is attempting to hide from the world until a mysterious mutant played by Dafne Keen arrives to send him on one final journey. “Logan” cost $97 million to produce, and is the widest domestic opening ever for an R-rated film. Critics are praising the film — it currently has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. James Mangold directed the film, which Jackman has said will be his last as Wolverine. Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant also star.

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Ry Russo-Young Talks Making ‘Before I Fall’ & Why Kathryn Bigelow Is An Inspiration [Interview]

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Ry Russo-Young‘s “Before I Fall” really caught people by surprise at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Usually the term Ya (Young Adult) gets a bad rap from filmgoers, but “Before I Fall” draws on various film influences and makes them seem fresh.

Based on Lauren Oliver’s book of the same name, “Before I Fall” tells the story of Samantha Kingston (Zoey Deutch), a popular and beautiful high-school girl completely oblivious to the good fortunes she has in her life.

Continue reading Ry Russo-Young Talks Making ‘Before I Fall’ & Why Kathryn Bigelow Is An Inspiration [Interview] at The Playlist.
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'Before I Fall' Director and Stars Talk About Redefining The Mean Girl Stereotype

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At first glance, Before I Fall seems to be another movie about teen life in high school a la Mean Girls, but as the film progresses it has more in common with Groundhog Day and It’S A Wonderful Life. Before I Fall stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage and director Ry Russo-Young discuss their approach to their characters.

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Exclusive: 'Before I Fall' Director Ry Russo-Young on Mean Girls and Alternate Endings

Exclusive: 'Before I Fall' Director Ry Russo-Young on Mean Girls and Alternate Endings
Director Ry Russo-Young forgot to feel the pressure. The Sundance ingénue's latest feature, Before I Fall, is an adaptation of the best-selling Y.A. novel about a somewhat reluctant high school mean girl, Samantha (Zoey Deutch), who meets her early demise in a car wreck, only to wake up the next day...and the next day and the next day on a seemingly endless loop.

Despite tween fans' rabid protection of their most beloved books and the fact that they can live in her Twitter mentions for the rest of time, Russo-Young isn't fazed -- or wasn't. "Uhh, you're freaking me out!" she joked during a recent call with Et, before explaining, "I actually took great comfort in the fact that I could look online and see what fans connected to about the book, what lines they were holding dear to their hearts, what moved them. Then those things, to me, were like, 'I
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