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Anne Hathaway Talks Internalized Misogyny and Working with Lone Scherfig

Anne Hathaway in “One Day”

Anne Hathaway is an outspoken advocate of gender equality in Hollywood and beyond. The Oscar winner is a global goodwill ambassador for Un Women, the Un agency working towards gender equality and female empowerment, has rejected sexist questions from the press, and has publicly addressed the lack of films by and about women. In a brave new interview, Hathaway admitted to being part of the problem. She revealed that she herself has been struggling to unlearn sexism.

On ABC News’ “Popcorn with Peter Travers,” Hathaway was asked which movie set she learned the most on. She could have given a million bullshit answers that flattered herself and/or her collaborators. Instead, she chose to admit to her own prejudices by speaking about her experience filming Lone Scherfig’s 2011 romance “One Day.”

“I really regret not trusting her more easily,” Hathaway says. “And I am to this day scared that the reason I didn’t trust her the way I trust some of the other directors I work with is because she’s a woman.” This is a bold admission, and Hathaway doesn’t stop there. She elaborates, “I’m so scared that I treated her with internalized misogyny. I’m scared that I didn’t give her everything that she needed or . . . I was resisting her on some level. It’s something that I’ve thought a lot about in terms of when I get scripts to be directed by women,” she observes.

Mid-conversation Hathaway admits, “I’m getting red talking about this. It feels like a confession, but I think it’s something we should talk about.” We couldn’t agree more! Her discomfort is completely understandable — no one likes to acknowledge things we are ashamed of, and especially not in a public forum — but we’re so impressed that she’s willing to put herself out there like this. It’s always easier to point fingers at other people than to look inward, and if more people in Hollywood, both men and women, analyzed their own unconscious biases, we’re convinced the industry would undergo a major makeover.

The interview also sees Hathaway talking about her experiences with women directors other than Scherfig. “When I get a script, when I see a first film directed by a woman, I have in the past focused on what was wrong with it,” she reveals. “And when I see a film . . . directed by a man, I focus on what’s right with it . . . I can only acknowledge that I’ve done that and I don’t want to do that anymore.” “I had actively tried to work with female directors,” Hathaway explains. “And I still had this mindset buried in there somewhere.”

Hathaway’s women-directed credits include Nancy Meyers’ “The Intern,” Kate Barker-Froyland’s “Song One,” and Barbara Kopple’s “Havoc.”

When discussing the differences between men and women’s careers, Hathaway observes, “That journey is way harder than it should be. It’s not equal . . . And I wonder if it’s about the thought process like the one I just talked about.”

“The Ocean’s 8” star said she’s never personally apologized to Scherfig, but a representative for the Danish writer-director told ABC News that she wanted “to express her love and admiration for Anne and her work.”

We interviewed Scherfig about “One Day” back in 2011, and she had nothing but lovely things to say about her experience working with Hathaway. She described Hathaway as a “wonderful actress” and emphasized that she’s in “a league of her own.”

When we asked what it was like for Scherfig to direct Carey Mulligan in “An Education” and Hathaway in “One Day” and whether she had thoughts about how the Hollywood machine treats women, Scherig said, “I don’t know if I treat them more respectfully because I am a woman director. There is an affection that I can give them,” she said. “Both Anne and Carey are easy to like and to care for and maybe I can have access to that because I am not a man. There is also a kind of admiration that they would get from a male director that I don’t do. But I have a daughter, and I don’t mother them. I am not that intimate with them. Well, actually, I am intimate with Anne and that surprised me a lot. I’ve told Anne things I’ve never told anybody else but that’s her personality and that has nothing to do with directing.”

Hathaway’s latest film, “Colossal,” is in theaters now. The unconventional monster movie centers on a self-destructive woman (Hathaway) who moves back to her small hometown and winds up unwittingly wreaking havoc on South Korea from afar.

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Anne Hathaway Is On a Roll and We Need to Start Taking Her Seriously Again

Anne Hathaway Is On a Roll and We Need to Start Taking Her Seriously Again
In its opening act, Nacho Vigolando’s newest genre-subverting feature, “Colossal,” plays like the world’s most unexpected “The Devil Wears Prada” sequel. Imagine if Anne Hathaway’s Andy Sachs didn’t have that last-act change of heart, compelling her to reject the empty offerings of Miranda Priestly, and instead stayed in Paris with her steely-eyed mentor and clawed her way to the top of the fashion journalism heap, one stiletto-bolstered step at a time. Hathaway’s character in “Colossal,” a burnout alcoholic writer named Gloria, could be Andy just a few years on: fabulous, broke, exceedingly wasted.

That’s where “Colossal” starts. That’s hardly where it ends.

Vigolando’s film introduces us to Gloria at her lowest ebb, unveiling an anti-heroine for the ages (and also the kind of “strong female character” that so many Hollywood movies tend to lack) and then twists her resurrection story into some mighty unexpected shapes.
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Why Sony Pictures Classics Thinks Backing Female Directors Is Good for Business and Art

When Tom Bernard and Michael Barker saw “Equity” at last winter’s Sundance Film Festival, they knew immediately that the thriller about women breaking Wall Street’s glass ceiling would tap into the zeitgeist — before reviews even hit, the Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents snapped up the movie and gamed out a release plan that saw the studio debuting the picture the same week that Hillary Clinton claimed the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

“They instantly understood that the movie was an opportunity to have a conversation about women in business,” says Meera Menon, the film’s director. So Bernard and Barker worked with Menon and producers Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas to set up screenings with women’s groups all over the country, organizing discussions about gender discrimination around the film.

“It’s a thriller and a Wall Street drama, but it’s also an issues movie,” says Bernard.
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Sony Pictures Classics Chief’s Daughter Named to Sony TV Diversity Program

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One of the six winners of Sony Pictures Television’s Diverse Directors program has a very familiar name: Kate Barker-Froyland is the daughter of Sony Pictures Classics co-president and co-founder Michael Barker. The program, which selected its first class in 2014, is designed to provide “opportunities for artists of diverse backgrounds to shadow established TV directors on episodes of various Spt series,” according to a press release. Barker-Froyland, who was among the winners announced Thursday, was selected from a field of hundreds of applicants which was narrowed to 15 semifinalists, according to Sony. Those six directors are slated to shadow TV directors on.
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Sony Pictures TV’s 2nd Annual Diverse Directors Program Participants Announced

Alberto Belli, Pete Chatmon, Kate Barker-Froyland, Ellie Kanner, Solvan Naim and Marcus Stokes have been selected to participate in Sony Pictures Television’s 2nd annual Diverse Directors Program, Spt annouced today. The initiative seeks to provide opportunities for artists of diverse backgrounds to shadow established TV directors on episodes of various Spt series. The six participants will work on Spt series including: The Blacklist, Dr. Ken, The Goldbergs, The Night Shif…
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The World Is Not Nicer, Anne Hathaway Says

The World Is Not Nicer, Anne Hathaway Says
Has the world gotten nicer since 2013? Anne Hathaway does not think so.

In Song One, the actress took on a role that she really connected with and it made her reassess how she looked at life.

"For me, this movie is about a girl getting out of her own way and getting out of her own head. I was in the very early stages of that journey in my own life," she told the Associated Press. "It's not like the world has gotten nicer since 2013. I think it's about looking beyond your knee-jerk judgment about places and people and professions and actually experiencing something with an open heart."

Photos: The Stars Hit Sundance!

She plays the role of Franny, a Ph.D. candidate who returns home when she learns her brother is in a coma, and she gets involved with his favorite musician.

The 32-year-old asked the director Kate Barker-Froyland to be in the film, and she acknowledges
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What Anne Hathaway Reveals About "Song One," The Philippines, and Her Oscar Win! Oh, And She Calls Me Cute!!!

I love, love, love Anne Hathaway! She.s always been sweet and down-to-earth! The last time I interviewed the Oscar-winning actress was for .Les Miserables. and her humble and gentle demeanor was very evident in the piece.

And so I was happy to talk to Hathaway last week for her new movie .Song One. now out in theaters and on-demand! Check it out! It.s a lovefest for the indie music scene from writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland.

The quality of the satellite of our interview wasn.t that great so I chopped the interview in different sections. This one.s about her love for my home country, the Philippines!

What does she really think of my home country and the Filipinos?

Hathaway explains her interest in starring and co-producing .Song One.

This one is just cute! Hathaway calls me cute! Even up until the end when the cameras stopped rolling,
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Movie Reviews . .Song One. and .Manny.

Two movies are now out in theaters and on-demand. First, we have .Song One. starring Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, and Mary Steenburgen from writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland. Hathaway is Franny, a young woman dealing with her brother (Ben Rosenfield) who just fell into a coma. Grieving, Franny turns to her brother.s favorite musician, James Forester (Flynn).

In .Manny,. Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao enters the documentary ring and this one.s about his rags-to-riches story from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise. .Manny. is narrated by Liam Neeson and is directed by Oscar-winner Leon Gast (.When We Were Kings.) and Ryan Moore.

Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look at my reviews of .Song One. and .Manny..
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Anne Hathaway on the Pressure of Following Up Her Oscar Win and What She Learned By Producing 'Song One'

Anne Hathaway on the Pressure of Following Up Her Oscar Win and What She Learned By Producing 'Song One'
[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick, "Song One," is available now On Demand. This interview originally ran during last year's Sundance Film Festival.] It's hard to believe, but it's been over a year since Anne Hathaway last graced the screen in "Les Misérables," the film that went on to win the actress her first Oscar. Since singing her way to glory as Fantine, Hathaway has maintained a low public profile, working on Christopher Nolan's hugely anticipated fall blockbuster "Interstellar" and diving into her first job as a producer on the low budget indie "Song One," in which she also stars. The film (written and directed by newcomer Kate Barker-Froyland) marks the first of Hathaway's to screen at the Sundance Film Festival. In the drama, Hathaway stars as Franny, an anthropologist who returns home to New York when an accident...
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Song One | Review

Title Track: Barker-Froyland’s Cloying Debut Plays Familiar Tune

“Sad song at night, hipster’s delight” should be the opening line in Kate Barker-Froyland’s mournful, musically inclined debut, Song One, headlined with wide-eyed sincerity by Anne Hathaway. There have been several indie music-driven, understated dramas recently, and the title premiered alongside Stuart Murdoch’s equally undernourished God Help the Girl at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Though Barker-Froyland at least canvasses the emotions that accompany the tragic situation at the dramatic heart of her film, its dramatic integrity seems to take a backseat to a more rewarding soundtrack from Johnny Flynn, who also stars. But one can languish in the strumming of melancholy inspiring folk music only for so long before this feels like a crutch that takes the place of material lacking in the narrative.

Henry (Ben Rosenfield) is an aspiring musical artist drifting around the orbit of his musical idol,
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Review: In Song One, The Tune May Be Familiar, But The Performance Is Lovely

One of the great pleasures of experiencing music, especially genres such as pop, or - more pertinently for this review - indie folk, lies in the familiarity of its forms. Like comfort food for the ears, they follow well-established stylistic contours with often very slight variations. Yet they reliably hit emotional sweet spots that allow you to forgive, or even overlook entirely, the fact that they offer few surprises or intellectual challenges.Much the same can be said of Song One, the debut feature of writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland. As the title indicates, it's a music-themed film, so much so that it's practically a full-on musical, only lacking the leads breaking out into fully choreographed performances. The musical mode here is earnest, heartfelt, New York-based indie folk....

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Anne Hathaway: 'I Loved' Working with My Husband

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Anne Hathaway: 'I Loved' Working with My Husband
The couple that works together stays together - at least that's the case for Anne Hathaway and husband Adam Shulman. Hathaway, 32, stars in the new film Song One, and one of her collaborators just so happened to be Shulman, who co-produced the indie drama from director Kate Barker-Froyland. "At first, I was curious how it would go. People always say don't work with your spouse," the actress told People Tuesday at the film's N.Y.C. premiere, sponsored by The Cinema Society and Tod's. "But I loved working with him. He's really good at this, and he's a wonderful producer.
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Song One Review

It has been seven years since Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová stood on an Oscar stage, stunned and humbled while accepting the Best Song award for their timeless ditty, “Falling Slowly,” from Once. Slowly, the imitators of that modest Irish masterwork have started to appear. Song One, the debut film from Kate Barker-Froyland, owes much of its flavor and feeling to John Carney’s gen. From the downbeat acoustic touches and low-fi feel to the location shoots inside Williamsburg music stores and concert halls, her film tries to depict both the joy and grit involved in making music that Once displayed with ease. However, despite some lovely chemistry from the lead actors, Song One is too pleasant and not powerful enough to hook you into the central romance. Mere minutes after viewing the film, one also strains to remember how any of the tunes went.

Like an early scene from Once,
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Anne Hathaway Reveals Her Favorite Musical Acts at 'Song One' Premiere

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Anne Hathaway Reveals Her Favorite Musical Acts at 'Song One' Premiere
"Song One," the first feature film from writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland, follows Franny (Anne Hathaway), an anthropologist who returns home to Brooklyn after her younger brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield) is hit by a car and falls into a coma. Franny makes a special connection with Henry's favorite musician James Forester (Johnny Flynn), who's facing some serious writers's block. It's a sweet film filled with excellent, understated performances, especially by Mary Steenburgen as Franny and Henry's mother,  who struggles to connect with an emotionally distant daughter while fearing for her son's life. What people will be talking, and singing, about, however, is the soundtrack. The 'James Forester' songs, by Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice, are absolutely wonderful, and the way music and sound itself (Franny records the noise of the neighborhood to play for her brother) are used as storytelling devices is wonderfully original. At last nights premiere, at the Sunshine...
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Anne Hathaway on ‘Song One': ‘Music is One of My Favorite Parts of Living’

Anne Hathaway on ‘Song One': ‘Music is One of My Favorite Parts of Living’
Anne Hathaway can now add producer to her impressive résumé.

The Oscar winner and her husband, Adam Shulman, have teamed up with Jonathan Demme — director on Hathaway’s “Rachel Getting Married” — to produce their first film, “Song One,” the debut feature from writer-director Kate Barker-Froyland.

“I really loved producing. I loved being able to support a filmmaker in a way beyond acting in a movie,” Hathaway, 32, told Variety at the film’s Cinema Society premiere in New York on Tuesday night. “I learned that the goal is the same whether I am an actor or a producer — that I will do anything to get the director’s vision.”

Hathaway (dressed head to toe in white, in an Iro blazer, Theory pants and sheer top) along with Shulman, reunited with cast members Johnny Flynn and Ben Rosenfield at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema for the first time since the picture premiered at
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Second trailer for Song One starring Anne Hathaway

A second trailer has been released for writer/director Kate Barker-Froyland’s romantic drama Song One, starring Anne Hathaway. Check it out below after the official synopsis…

Oscar® winner Anne Hathaway (Interstellar, Les Miserables) stars as Franny in Song One, a romantic drama set against the backdrop of Brooklyn’s vibrant modern-folk music scene. After Franny’s musician brother Henry (Ben Rosenfield, Boardwalk Empire) is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, Franny returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. Franny seeks out the musicians and artists Henry loved, in the course of her journey meeting James Forester (Johnny Flynn), his musical idol, whose success and fame belie a shy and private man. As a strong romantic connection develops between Franny and James, the question becomes if love can bloom
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Anne Hathaway Feels Love Through Music in New 'Song One' Trailer

By the time Song One hits theaters this month, it will have been about an entire year since it debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, but that's just how independent releases work out sometime. So here we are with a second trailer for the touching drama about a woman (Anne Hathaway) coping with a return home due to an accident that has left her brother in a coma. In an effort to bring him out of it, she starts recording sounds in the city, and even finds his favorite indie musician (Johnny Flynn). And that's when the two find a blossoming romance and connection that may change their lives, hopefully for the better. Watch it! Here's the new trailer for Kate Barker-Froyland's Song One from Cinedigm: If you haven't seen it, you can still watch the first trailer for Song One right here. Song One is written and directed by Kate Barker-Froyland.
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Love Is The Rhythm And Anne Hathaway Is The Music In New Trailer For Song One

Having spent time winning praise and stealing hearts across a variety of major productions in the past few years — The Dark Knight Rises, Interstellar and Les MisérablesAnne Hathaway is primed to make a return to the kind of indie romances that helped put her on the map with Kate Barker-Froyland’s musical drama, Song One.

Taking place within the musical scene of Brooklyn, the film will chart the story of Hathaway’s Franny who unexpectedly finds love in James Forester’s Johnny. What underpins this relationship, however, is the fact that Franny’s brother Henry (played here by Boardwalk Empire‘s Ben Rosenfield) recently suffered from a horrible accident that places him in a coma. As it turns out, the musically gifted Johnny is his long-time idol, giving Hathaway’s protagonist a poignant and tragic connection to her sibling as she tries to wean him back to the land of the living through music.
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Anne Hathaway Plugs “Song One” at 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival

Stepping out for some promotional duties, Anne Hathaway showed up at the Palm Springs International Film Festival for the screening of her new movie “Song One” on Sunday (January 4). The “Dark Knight Rises” dame was gorgeous in a loose-fitting white ensemble as she posed with producer Thomas Froyland and director Kate Barker-Froyland.

Anne told press that she was thrilled to reconnect with Kate on the project after having worked with her on the 2006 movie “The Devil Wears Prada.”

Hathaway stated, “I was so delighted to find that it was written by Kate. We had met on ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ and I was just captivated by her story about the way tragedy can transform you into a better person.”
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Trailer for Anne Hathaway's Song One

Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "Song One" romantic drama, starring Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, Mary Steenburgen, Ben Rosenfield, Li Jun Li and Stefano Villabona. Check it out below. Plot: Set against the backdrop of Brooklyn's vibrant modern-folk music scene. After her musician brother Henry (Rosenfield) is injured and hospitalized in a coma following a car accident, Franny (Hathaway) returns home after a long estrangement and begins to use his notebook as a guide to how his life has evolved in her absence. Franny seeks out the musicians and artists Henry loved, in the course of her journey meeting James Forester (Flynn), his musical idol, whose success and fame belie a shy and private man. As a strong romantic connection develops between Franny and James, the question becomes if love can bloom even under the most adverse circumstances. The new movie is directed by Kate Barker-Froyland and is
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