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click to embiggenHere’s our first look at Elizabeth Debicki as Virginia Woolf in Vita & Virginia, currently shooting in Ireland. The film will tell the story of the love affair between the noted author and socialite Vita Sackville-West (played by Gemma Arterton). Set in 1920s London, Vita & Virginia is the sophomore feature of director Chanya Button, following 2015 comedy drama Burn Burn Burn.
The clincher here though is the involvement of Dame Eileen Atkins, a Woolf scholar and the definitive authority on the famous writer »
- Murtada Elfadl
There are few more intimate films at Toronto this year than Dominic Savage's The Escape, which follows Gemma Arterton's Tara as she is forced to engage with one of the last societal taboos, playing a wife and mother unsatisfied by a seemingly idyllic life and fighting to break free of her situation and the depression it carries. The film is heavily improvised and draws strongly on Arterton's suburban background against which its narrative is set. Dominic Cooper plays… »
A chance encounter with a book may lead to life-changing consequences in “The Escape.” The drama follows Tara (Gemma Arterton, “Their Finest”), a stay-at-home mom who is struggling with depression. Our exclusive clip of the film, which is now screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, finds Tara sharing her discovery — and the epiphany it leads to — with her businessman husband, Mark (Dominic Cooper, “Preacher”).
As Tara explains to Mark, the book explores medieval tapestries in Paris and different aspects of the self — and it inspires her to explore herself. “I saw this book and it made me think what I need to do,” she says. “Because I think I need to, like, get out and do something with my life that’s not just being here. And I thought maybe I could do this art course.”
Watch: Gemma Arterton Yearns for More from Life in Exclusive Clip of “The Escape” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Not many actresses have managed to rebrand as successfully as Gemma Arterton. Just a few years back, and she was known mostly for her short-lived stint as a Bond girl, and for standing around delivering exposition in bad blockbusters like “Clash Of The Titans” and “Prince Of Persia.” But since then, Arterton’s been able to show us what she’s really capable of.
In the past few years, Arterton’s eschewed tentpoles for small, interesting indie movies in the U.S.
- Edward Davis
Featuring arguably the most beloved zombie ever put to film, George A. Romero's Day of the Dead is a seminal standout in the horror genre that has grown a diehard fanbase in the thirty-plus years since its release. New takes on Romero's groundbreaking 1985 film were featured in 2005's Day of the Dead 2: Contagium and 2008's Day of the Dead, and now Saban Films has acquired the Us rights to Millennium Media's new Day of the Dead reimagining, with a release expected late this year:
Press Release: Toronto – September 9, 2017 – Saban Films has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to a slate of films from Avi Lerner’s Millennium Media. The trio of titles includes Isaac Florentine’s Acts of Vengeance starring Antonio Banderas, Karl Urban, Robert Forster and Paz Vega; Paul Solet’s Bullet Head (formerly Unchained) also starring Banderas, John Malkovich and Adrien Brody; and Day of the Dead »
- Derek Anderson
It’s not uncommon for prospective parents, before taking the plunge and starting a family, to ask themselves some dark, nagging questions: What if I’m a terrible parent? What if I don’t even like parenting? What if my child doesn’t like me? What if it’s a mistake? For the vast majority, such thoughts melt away once the child is born, and instinctive love takes over. But there are some for whom these doubts endure, and it’s in this thorny, extended post-partum state that British writer-director Dominic Savage’s intelligent, empathetic character study “The Escape” immerses itself.
Bolstered by Gemma Arterton’s unvarnished, affecting lead turn as a young stay-at-home mom in soulless suburban England who’s slowly consumed by depression she’s made to feel guilty for having, Savage’s film thoughtfully and credibly outlines the conflict between a superficially abundant lifestyle and overwhelming internal lack. It »
- Guy Lodge
Their Finest is out to buy this week. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and Bill Nighy, it tells the story of British propaganda during the Second World War and the strong bond developed between people from all walks of life in the face of conflict.
This warm-hearted and intelligent film is co-produced by the legendary Stephen Woolley (of A Company Of Wolves and The Crying Game amongst others), who with Amanda Posey and Elizabeth Karlsen delved into the archives and uncovered the fascinating truth behind the celluloid war effort. We caught up with Stephen for an in-depth chat about the production…
Thn: How did the project come to your attention?
Stephen Woolley: I was given the book (Their Finest Hour And A Half by Lissa Evans) and I loved it. The humour of it was exactly on my level. People were saying “You’d love it because it’s »
- Steve Palace
Protagonist Pictures has announced that Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet) have joined Gemma Arterton (The Girl with All the Gifts) in the upcoming period drama Vita & Virginia, based on the love letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.
Arterton will take on the role of socialite Vita Sackville-West, with Debicki portraying Virginia Woolf (a role that was originally reported to be filled by Eva Green). The film will also feature Rupert Penry-Jones (The Strain) and Peter Ferdinando (Ghost in the Shell).
“Vita & Virginia will be a fresh, provocative study of creativity, passion, sex and sexuality; and it offers an exciting opportunity to bring the story behind the creation of Orlando, one of Virginia Woolf’s greatest works to life in a bold, vivid, contemporary way,” states director Chanya Button. “With my lifelong passion for Woolf’s writing, it is a great privilege »
- Amie Cranswick
Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined Gemma Arterton in period drama Vita & Virginia based on the love letters of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West. Shooting starts in September in Ireland on the sophomore feature from Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn). Button co-wrote with Eileen Atkins. Rupert Penry-Jones and Peter Ferdinando also star in the true story of socialite Sackville-West (Arterton) and literary icon Woolf (Debicki) in 1920s London. When… »
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Guardians of the Galaxy and The Night Manager actress Elizabeth Debicki will play the writer Virginia Woolf in Vita & Virginia, the upcoming period drama based on the love letters between Woolf and 1920s socialite Vita Sackville-West.
The film is an adaptation of the award-winning play by actress and writer »
- Scott Roxborough
Elizabeth Debicki and Isabella Rossellini have joined the cast of Virginia Woolf biopic “Vita & Virginia” for Protagonist Pictures, it was announced Wednesday by Protagonist CEO Dave Bishop. The finance, production and sales company has also closed a deal with distributor Thunderbird Releasing to take all U.K. rights on the film.
“The Night Manager” star Debicki, who recently appeared in James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2,” will play Virginia Woolf opposite Gemma Arterton in the period drama, which tells the true story of the unconventional love affair between socialite Vita Sackville-West (Arterton) and Woolf. Rossellini’s role has not been announced.
“‘Vita & Virginia’ is the true story of two of the most fascinating and progressive women of their time, who end up in the throes of a passionate affair which shapes their work and changes their lives forever,” said Vanessa Saal, managing director of sales and distribution for Protagonist. »
- Robert Mitchell
It's no secret that actors spend quite a bit of time keeping themselves in shape, but Gemma Arterton's went into detail about one of her weight loss experiences on a movie set. »
Actor describes ‘traumatic’ experience in Morocco when Hollywood producers flew out a personal trainer and filmed her at the gym to prove she was exercising
Gemma Arterton has revealed that she was once forced to lose weight for a role by Hollywood producers, who flew out a personal trainer to work with her on location and filmed her at the gym to prove that she was exercising.
Speaking to the Guilty Feminist podcast in June, the British actor described the experience, which occurred while she was filming in Morocco, as “traumatic”.
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- Gwilym Mumford
You might not know Norwegian filmmaker Tommy Wirkola's name by heart, but you've probably heard of some of the film’s he’s been a part of, such as the fun and gory Dead Snow films about Nazi zombies, as well as the way better than it had any right to be Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters starring Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. However his next film is What Happened To... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Director: Lone Scherfig
Going by the publicity Their Finest (based on the novel Their Finest Hour And A Half by Lissa Evans) looks like another bright and breezy prestige project for British film. However, while it concerns the apparently light-hearted subject matter of making “morally clean, romantically satisfying” propaganda for the war effort, it also manages to evoke the fear and cruelty present in this dark period. The way it pulls off such a subtle balancing act is both surprising and very moving.
- Steve Palace
Back in 2015 it was rumoured that Paramount Pictures had scripted its plans for a sequel to Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and was instead working on bringing the property to the small screen. Well, Tommy Wirkola, director of the original movie, has now confirmed that a TV series is in development, and will feature a new cast and new creatures.
“I will be involved in that whole process, and I will direct the pilot, so I think it’s very exciting, it’s an idea that really suits television, just the nature of it, in that world you can really go to a lot of different places and have fun with it, so it’s exciting, we’re writing a pilot right now and we’re having fun with it,” Wirkolo told Bloody Disgusting.
“It’s gonna be re-cast and it’s gonna be a little bit of a reset on that front, »
- Gary Collinson
To mark the release of Their Finest on 21st August, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
1940, London, the Blitz. With the country’s morale at stake, inexperienced screenwriter, Catrin (Gemma Arterton; The Girl With All The Gifts, Tamara Drewe) and a makeshift cast and crew work under fire to make a film to lift the country’s flagging spirits and inspire America to join the war. Partnered with fellow screenwriter, Buckley (Sam Claflin; My Cousin Rachel, Me Before You), the pair set off to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation whilst navigating the constant threat of The Blitz, limited resources and the demands of gloriously egotistical actor, Ambrose Hilliard (Bill Nighy; The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Love, Actually).
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Alexander Payne's Downsizing, starring Matt Damon with Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern, Neil Patrick Harris, Christoph Waltz, Jason Sudeikis, Udo Kier, and Margo Martindale will open the 74th Venice International Film Festival. Three other world premières include Human Capital director Paolo Virzi's The Leisure Seeker (Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland); 45 Years director Andrew Haigh's Lean On Pete (Chloë Sevigny, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi); and Lebanon (Golden Lion winner in 2009) director Samuel Maoz's Foxtrot, starring Sarah Adler and Lior Ashkenazi (Joseph Cedar's Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer).
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.
There are only three requirements for passing cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s eponymous test to determine how active and present women are in a film: It must feature at least two women in speaking roles, who have names, and who talk to each other about something – anything – other than a man. Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” does not meet any of these measures, and while that might make for a splashy talking point or prove a filmmaker’s spotty history with crafting compelling female characters, it’s the only acceptable outcome for a bombastic, fact-based war film.
As valuable and insightful a metric as the Bechdel Test – off-handedly conceived of in one of Bechdel’s ’80s-era comic strips, and generously inspired by the works of Virginia Woolf – it has its limitations. Plenty of films don’t pass the test, »
- Kate Erbland
Kayti Burt Jul 17, 2017
Jodie Whittaker will take over the role of the Doctor in the Christimas special. Here are five roles to watch while you wait.
If you're unfamiliar with her work, we recommend these five roles as a good place to start...
If you've never seen Attack the Block, stop what you're doing now. The horror comedy flick about a South London council state that gets invaded by aliens is a fun, funny, and terrifying film in its own right. It's directed by Joe Cornish and starring a young John Boyega in his first on-screen role.
Whittaker plays Samantha, a 25-year-old nurse whose assumptions are »
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