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All this week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.
Finally: 10 new features from female filmmakers. From first-time directors to bonafide superstars, personal stories to historical epics, this season has something for everyone, and all from women.
“Viceroy’s House” (September 1)
After investigating her own heritage during the filming of an episode of BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?,” “Bend It Like Beckham” filmmaker »
- Kate Erbland
Rejoice, James Bond fans: Daniel Craig is returning as 007!
“I always wanted to, I wanted a break,” Craig continued, referring to the iconic character that launched him into stardom. “I’ve been doing interviews about it all day and I’ve been rather coy. I kind of felt like if I should speak the truth I should speak the truth to you.”
Daniel Craig, will you return as James Bond? – @StephenAtHome
Yes – #DanielCraig #Lssc pic.twitter.com/FroXh »
- Alexia Fernandez
All this week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. First up: indie films and festival favorites.
“mother!” (September 15)
The return of Darren Aronofsky should be enough to get any cinephile back to the theater, but the fact that “mother!” has remained so secretive with just under a month to go has only made anticipation higher. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose lives are »
- Kate Erbland, Eric Kohn, Zack Sharf, Anne Thompson, Steve Greene, Michael Nordine, Chris O'Falt, Jude Dry and Jamie Righetti
And now for a silly celeb-filled distraction from the awful real world (I threw my back out yesterday somehow and can't be with the marches against hate and on Trump Tower which is my real answer to what I'd rather be doing. But let's play anyway.
Would you rather...
• shower with Salma Hayek?
• cockpit train with Mahershala?
• call Reese on her shell phone?
• share a moment with Luke Evans and his friend Lakshmi?
• play with Josh Brolin's snake?
• have some ice cream with Tony Shalhoub?
Pictures to help you decide after the jump. »
- NATHANIEL R
Simulating sex is harder than it looks. Take it from stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Justin Timberlake, who have been frank about the awkward mechanics of filming intimate scenes with other actors. To make the situation more comfortable, most stars request a closed set to keep pervy passersby at bay. Even so, the idea of appearing nude or semi-nude—and engaging in a very personal act—is scary for a lot of stars. For some actors, like Luke Evans, a little liquor helps to take the edge off. Other actors, like Kirsten Dunst, would rather not dwell on it—so they will "get it done quick" in just a few takes. So, what's it really like to shoot a sex scene? Here's what 30+ actors »
As summer movie season winds down, women-driven films are front and center. “Wonder Woman” is the top title, “Atomic Blonde” starring Charlize Theron opens wide, Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” begins limited runs before its nationwide release, and “Girls Trip” is on a $100 million trajectory. All of this underlines a good story for female-based films that began this spring with”Beauty and the Beast,” the year’s #1 film in worldwide release.
Does that mean a breakthrough for women, and films about them? Not exactly.
First, the great news: Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” is the first time a female-directed action film has ruled the summer. (Vicky Jenson co-directed summer 2001’s top grosser, “Shrek.”) In a male-dominated comic book character universe, Gal Gadot and her D.C. Comics heroine rewrote the rules of what can be a blockbuster summer release. »
- Tom Brueggemann
The London Mayors Regeneration Fund donated £40,000 ($52,553) to Dalston’s Rio Cinema to aid its expansion and restoration, it was announced yesterday (July 26).
The cinema received the joint highest donation from the Regeneration Fund, which has funded 25 Spacehive community projects. The donation will help to complete the East London cinema’s RioGeneration campaign.
The cash will help fund a second screen, new facilities and restore the features of the Grade II listed building, including its 1937 entrance. The new facilities include a bar, multi-function community space in the basement and improvements to the foyer.
The Rio Cinema plans to have the second screen finished in time for the release of Blade Runner 2049 (October 6, 2017).
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “The Rio is one of London’s most iconic cinemas and an important cultural asset to the diverse community of Dalston. It’s fantastic »
"Whoever you work for, get him! This was a Message from the King." Don't mess with Chadwick Boseman! Netflix has released a new official Us trailer for the hardcore action thriller Message from the King, starring American actor Chadwick Boseman as a mysterious badass who comes to Los Angeles to find his sister. "His pursuit of revenge will lay bare a network of depravity that stretches from the dive-bars of the gang heartlands to the glitz of the Hills." The entire cast includes Teresa Palmer, Luke Evans, Alfred Molina, Tom Felton, and Sibongile Mlambo. This kind of looks like a cool mashup of Taken plus John Wick, with Boseman kicking some serious ass while seeking revenge for his sister. Yes, yet another revenge movie, but at least it's not the typical version of this kind of story. Or maybe it is? I'm still interested. Enjoy. Here's the official Us trailer »
- Alex Billington
Considering their lack of transparency when it comes to viewership for specific movies and shows, it’s no surprise that Netflix’s release calendar is not akin to a theatrical roll-out. While we often hear of a movie’s release many months (sometimes years) in advance, when it comes to the streaming giant, it may just be a week or two prior we’ll get a heads up that a film is arriving.
Such is the case with a new film led by Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther, 42), the old-fashioned revenge thriller. Message from the King, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival last fall, is getting a Netflix release next week and now the first trailer has arrived. Directed by Fabrice Du Welz (Alléluia, Calvaire) and also starring Luke Evans, Teresa Palmer, and Alfred Molina, check out the trailer below for the film following Boseman’s character as he heads »
- Jordan Raup
New biopics on the creator of Wonder Woman and disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, as well as a comedy crime caper from George Clooney, are among the films set to premiere at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival. The festival will take place September 7th to 17th.
Other films set to feature at the annual festival include the latest from Darren Aronofsky's mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence; Emma Stone and Steve Carell's true-story tennis flick Battle of the Sexes; and Guillermo del Toro's Cold War thriller The Shape of Water. »
by Nathaniel R
Well, the timing couldn't be better. The producers behind Professor Marston and the Wonder Women must be pinching themselves that Wonder Woman has been such an inarguable smash hit. It might -- though the public is stubborn about trying new movies out that aren't CGI based or sequels -- generate some box office interest in this biopic about the man who created the fictional Amazon princess. Luke Evans plays the Professor and the women (yes, plural) in his life are Bella Heathcote and Rebecca Hall.
Trailer and Yes No Maybe So™ breakdown after the jump »
- NATHANIEL R
Coming October 27, on the heels of the smash worldwide success of Warner Bros’ Wonder Woman, comes the bio pic about her creator, William Moulton Marston. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women explores the unusual relationship between professor Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and his student-turned-secretary Olive Byrne. Previously known to few beyond comic book scholars, the story finally gained mainstream attention in Jill Lepore’s excellent The Secret History of Wonder Woman.
In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who »
- ComicMix Staff
This year, audiences fell in love with the character of Wonder Woman in her self-titled standalone feature film. For female audiences, it was a long-awaited bit of vindication that female superheroes can carry their own movies, and perform big at the box office (and Wonder Woman keeps proving that on a daily basis. Though while Wonder Woman may be a feminist icon nowadays, she does have quite the controversial origins.
William Moulton Marston was the man responsible for bringing her to life, and to call him a contradictory figure would be an understatement. Marston, in many ways, was a feminist who felt that women were superior to men and would eventually run the world. That being said, he was also something of a womanizer who carried on a polygamist relationship. He also was a man who defended sexual fetishes such as Bdsm, and some of that makes its way onto »
- Joseph Medina
So this is cool! Apparently they're doing a biopic about the creator of Wonder Woman - a one Dr. William Moulton Marston (played by Luke Evans) - who was quite the interesting character. Not only was he a psychologist who invented Wonder Woman and the polygraph lie detector test, but was also in a polyamorous relationship with his brilliant wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston (Rebecca Hall) and another woman... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
"I want to study her." "She'll break your heart." Annapurna Pictures has debuted a new full-length trailer (just in time for Comic-Con) for the film called Professor M for short, or Professor Marston & the Wonder Women. The film is about the origin of the DC superhero Wonder Woman, and the man and two women responsible for the character. She first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in October of 1941, then on the cover in 1942. Luke Evans plays Dr. William Marston, who was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife, Elizabeth, and a former student of his, Olive Byrne. The film focuses on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman's creation. Rebecca Hall stars as Elizabeth Marston, and Bella Heathcote as Olive. We finally get some footage in this trailer and it looks damn good, I am all in for this. Here's the official full-length trailer (+ poster) for Angela Robinson's Professor M, »
- Alex Billington
Just in case you didn’t pick up on the parallels between Wonder Woman’s secret identity and the secret life her creator William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans) lived with his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and their lover Olive (Bella Heathcote), the newest trailer for Annapurna’s upcoming biopic about the unconventional trio, Professor Marston And The Wonder Women, lays the theme on thicker than the rope around Diana Prince’s neck in one of Moulton’s bondage-inspired drawings of the character. Still, for the sex-positive types out there, this trailer has it all: Polyamory, bisexuality, and Bdsm, all presented in a positive, empathetic light and polished to a glossy prestige-pic sheen.
Compared to the cryptic teaser released early last month, this new trailer lays out the film’s plot in much greater detail. But you’ll have to wait to see how it all turns out when Professor Marston »
- Katie Rife
Annapurna Pictures has released the official trailer for the upcoming biopic Professor Marston & The Wonder Women, about Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston and how his unconventional relationship inspired the creation of DC's iconic Amazonian princess in 1941. The film, starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton, will bow in theaters October 27. Written and directed by Angela Robinson, the pic recounts the life of Marston who… »
The trailer for Professor Marston and the Wonder Women reveals how a love triangle between Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth and Olive Byrne, fueled the creation of the Wonder Woman comics.
The film, based on real-life events, stars Luke Evans as Dr. Marston, Rebecca Hall as his wife and Bella Heathcote as their lover. The teaser suggests that the fiercely independent characteristics that made Wonder Woman radical when she appeared came directly from Marston's relationships with Elizabeth and Olive. All three lived together for a time. »
The origins of Wonder Woman are revealed in the first trailer for Annapurna’s “Professor Marston & The Wonder Women,” an upcoming period drama starring Luke Evans, Rebeeca Hall and Bella Heathcote. The true story details the life of William Moulton Marston (Evans), who created Wonder Woman in 1941, and his wife and fellow inventor Elizabeth (Hall). Heathcote stars as Olive Byrne, a former student of Marston’s, with whom the married couple had a polyamorous relationship. The log line adds that Marston was the inventor of the lie detector and that the inspiration behind Wonder Woman was his wife and Byrne. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
The first trailer has arrived online for writer-director Angela Robinson’s upcoming biopic Professor Marston & The Wonder Women which tell the story of Professor William Moulton Marston, creator of the iconic DC superheroine Wonder Woman, and the two women in his life; watch it below after the official synopsis…
In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises. »
- Amie Cranswick
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