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Kristen Stewart Directs New Music Video for Chvrches — Watch

19 April 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Chvrches has created a new version of their song “Down Side of Me” in support of Planned Parenthood. The Scottish band has just teased the upcoming video for the song, which was directed by Kristen Stewart. The actress broke the news about this collaboration during an interview with The New York Times last month.

“I had been asking them to let me do something for them for a while,” Stewart told the Times of the pop trio. “They’re so good. I ended up with a pretty simple but definitive narrative arc that highlights the cause in a sweet but quiet and confronting way.”

Read More: Lena Dunham Releases Animated Planned Parenthood Tribute Featuring Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence and More

The remake of the song, which hails from the trio’s 2015 album “Every Open Eye,” will be part of the “7-Inches For Planned Parenthood,” a curated series of 7-inch vinyl records, »

- Yoselin Acevedo

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Melissa McCarthy to Be Honored by Artemis Women in Action Film Festival (Exclusive)

11 April 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melissa McCarthy will be honored with the Powerhouse award by the Artemis Women in Action Film Festival, Variety has learned exclusively.

The honor will be presented on the opening night of the festival — now in its third year — on April 20 at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theater in Beverly Hills.

“Melissa has epitomized female action heroes in countless films,” the festival said. “She has always embraced characters who are physically empowered — even when they make us laugh.”

McCarthy’s credits include “The Boss,” “Tammy,” “Identity Thief,” “Spy,” “The Heat,” “Ghostbusters,” and “St. Vincent.” She received an Academy Award nomination in the best supporting actress category for “Bridesmaids.”

“Our film festival seeks to redefine the image of women, not just on screen, but in culture as well,” said film festival founder Melanie Wise. “Our official hashtag is #womenkickass, and we try to convey that sensibility in everything that we do.”

McCarthy will »

- Dave McNary

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See Aziz Ansari, John Legend in Scenic New 'Master of None' Trailer

5 April 2017 5:11 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Aziz Ansari's Dev character goes on dates, parties with friends and does some traveling in a new trailer for the second season of his Netflix series, Master of None.

The clip features a series of quick shots showing Dev in various scenic locales, from riding a bicycle and running with a kid down a cobblestone street, to taking in the landscape on a scooter, hanging with friends on a New York City rooftop and jumping into a pool fully clothed. He also goes on a series of dates, which »

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Horror Highlights: Resident Evil: Vendetta, The Switchboard, Nitehawk Shorts Fest, Xx, Cage, Beacon Point

5 April 2017 8:51 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In today's Horror Highlights, we have details on Fathom Events' one-night-only theatrical screenings of Resident Evil: Vendetta, the podcast The Switchboard, The Final Girls' one-night-only UK screenings of Xx, Cage on Amazon Prime, and the new trailer and release details for Beacon Point.

Resident Evil: Vendetta Screenings: "Resident Evil: Vendetta’ One-night U.S. Cinema Event On June 19 To Include Exclusive Cast Intro And Behind-the-scenes Content

Tickets Now On Sale

What: “Resident Evil: Vendetta" is the third installment in the massively popular CG animated film franchise, following “Resident Evil: Degeneration” (2008) and “Resident Evil: Damnation” (2012), and will premiere in U.S. movie theaters on June 19 only. Exclusive to the U.S., this not-to-be-missed cinema event includes a specially-produced introduction from the cast and behind-the-scenes footage.

Derived from Capcom’s Resident Evil™, one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time (72 million + copies sold), “Resident Evil: Vendetta” features the fan-favorite »

- Derek Anderson

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Weekly Update for March 31: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

31 March 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Films About Women Opening This Week“The Zookeeper’s Wife”

The Zookeeper’s Wife — Directed by Niki Caro; Written by Angela Workman

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl). To fight back on their own terms, the Żabińskis covertly begin working with the Resistance and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Niki Caro.

Find tickets and screening info here.

Carrie Pilby — Directed by Susan Johnson; Written by Kara Holden (Opens in NY, La, D.C. and Chicago) (Available on VOD April 4)

Carrie Pilby”: Tiff

Carrie Pilby (Bel Powley) is a genius who graduated Harvard at 18. Convinced that the world is populated by oversexed hypocrites, she has a hard time making sense of life as it relates to morality, relationships, sex, and leaving her apartment. In an effort to coax Carrie out of her shell, her psychiatrist (Nathan Lane), makes a deceptively simple checklist of goals for her to achieve between Thanksgiving and the year’s end. Each goal brings Carrie closer to the understanding that humans, like books, can’t be judged by their covers. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Susan Johnson

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell

In the near future, Major (Scarlett Johansson) is the first of her kind — a human saved from a terrible crash, who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. When terrorism reaches a new level that includes the ability to hack into people’s minds and control them, Major is uniquely qualified to stop it. As she prepares to face a new enemy, Major discovers that she has been lied to: her life was not saved, it was stolen. She will stop at nothing to recover her past, find out who did this to her, and stop them before they do it to others. (Press materials)

Find tickets and screening info here

The Blackcoat’s Daughter (Also Available on DirecTV)

“The Blackcoat’s Daughter”

A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton), two girls who are left alone at their prep school, Bramford, over winter break when their parents mysteriously fail to pick them up. While the girls experience increasingly strange and creepy occurrences at the isolated school, we cross cut to another story — that of Joan (Emma Roberts), a troubled young woman on the road, who, for unknown reasons, is determined to get to Bramford as fast as she can. As Joan gets closer to the school, Kat becomes plagued by progressively intense and horrifying visions, with Rose doing her best to help her new friend as she slips further and further into the grasp of an unseen evil force. (Press materials)

Despite the Falling Show — Written and Directed by Shamin Sarif (U.S. Premiere) (Also Available on VOD)

Moscow, 1959: Katya (Rebecca Ferguson) is young, beautiful — and a spy for the Americans. When she begins spying on Alexander (Sam Reid), an idealistic Communist politician, the last thing she expects is to fall in love with him. Her choice between love and duty leads to a nail-biting conclusion that Alexander can only unravel decades later in 1990s New York. His journey back to the snowbound streets of Moscow uncovers a love triangle and betrayals from those he trusted most. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s Interview with Shamin Sarif.

Find screening info here.

All This Panic (Documentary) — Directed by Jenny Gage

All This Panic

All This Panic” takes an intimate look at the interior lives of a group of teenage girls as they come of age in Brooklyn. A potent mix of vivid portraiture and vérité, we follow the girls as they navigate the ephemeral and fleeting transition between childhood and adulthood. Shot over a three-year period in a lush and cinematic style, “All This Panic” is a meditation on the mysterious, often painful, yet ultimately exhilarating period of a teen’s life. In a world where, as one teen remarks, “they want to see us, but they don’t want to hear us,” this film is comprised entirely of young women speaking to their own experiences. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Jenny Gage.

Girl Unbound (Documentary) — Directed by Erin Heidenreich (Opens April 6)

Girl Unbound

In Waziristan, “one of the most dangerous places on earth,” Maria Toorpakai defies the Taliban — disguising herself as a boy, so she can play sports freely. But when she becomes a rising star, her true identity is revealed, bringing constant death threats on her and her family. Undeterred, they continue to rebel for their freedom. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Erin Heidenreich.

Here Alone (Also Available on VOD)

Deep in New York’s upstate wilderness, Ann (Lucy Walters), a young woman in her late 20s, struggles to survive after a mysterious epidemic decimates society. On the constant brink of starvation, Ann leads an isolated and regimented life. Haunted by memories of her past, she also battles the current bloodthirsty threat that lurks just outside of the forest’s borders. When her food stores run dangerously low Ann must make the desperate journey into a nearby town to forage for any remaining food. During one of these raids, a chance encounter brings Olivia (Gina Piersanti), a teenage girl, and her injured stepfather, Chris (Adam David Thompson), into Ann’s life and regimen of survival. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

God Knows Where I Am (Documentary) (Opens in NY; Opens in La April 7)

The body of a homeless woman is found in an abandoned New Hampshire farmhouse. Beside the body lies a diary that documents a journey of starvation and the loss of sanity, but told with poignancy, beauty, humor, and spirituality. For nearly four months, Linda Bishop, a prisoner of her own mind, survived on apples and rain water, waiting for God to save her, during one of the coldest winters on record. As her story unfolds from different perspectives, including her own, we learn about our systemic failure to protect those who cannot protect themselves. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Naam Shabana

Naam Shabana

A spinoff of the 2015 film “Baby,” “Naam Shabana” provides the backstory of intelligence agent Shabana (Tapsee Pannu), and chronicles how she becomes a spy. (Press materials)

Films About Women Currently Playing“Prevenge

Prevenge — Written and Directed Alice Lowe

I, Olga Hepnarová

The Levelling — Written and Directed by Hope Dickson Leach (Opens in La and other cities)

Dig Two Graves (Also Available on VOD)

From a House on Willow Street — Co-Written by Catherine Blackman (Also Available on VOD)

Peelers — Written by Lisa DeVita (Also Available on VOD)

Beauty and the Beast

A Woman, a Part — Written and Directed by Elisabeth Subrin

Personal Shopper

Raw — Written and Directed by Julia Ducournau

The Dark Below

The Ottoman Lieutenant

The Women’s Balcony — Written by Shlomit Nechama

Before I Fall — Directed by Ry-Russo Young; Written by Maria Maggenti

The Last Word

Table 19

Xx (Anthology) — Directed by Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Karyn Kusama, Annie Clark (St. Vincent), and Jovanka Vuckovic; Co-Written by Roxanne Benjamin and Jovanka Vuckovic (Also Available on VOD)

Sophie and the Rising Sun — Written and Directed by Maggie Greenwald (Also Available on VOD)

Lovesong — Co-Written and Directed by So Yong Kim

Everybody Loves Somebody — Written and Directed by Catalina Aguilar Mastretta

Rings

The Lure — Directed by Agnieszka Smoczynska

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

20th Century Women

Hidden Figures — Co-Written by Allison Schroeder

Toni Erdmann — Written and Directed by Maren Ade

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Julieta

Jackie

Moana — Co-Written by Pamela Ribon

Elle

The Eagle Huntress

Films Directed by Women Opening This Week“David Lynch: The Art Life”

David Lynch: The Art Life (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Olivia Neergaard-Holm

David Lynch takes us on an intimate journey through the formative years of his life. From his idyllic upbringing in small town America to the dark streets of Philadelphia, we follow Lynch as he traces the events that have helped to shape one of cinema’s most enigmatic directors. “David Lynch: The Art Life” infuses Lynch’s own art, music, and early films, shining a light into the dark corners of his unique world, and giving audiences a better understanding of the man and the artist. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Olivia Neergaard-Holm.

For Here or to Go? — Directed by Rucha Humnabadkar

Young Silicon Valley software engineer Vivek Pandit (Ali Fazal) is poised to become a key hire at a promising healthcare startup, but when they realize his work visa has less than a year remaining, the offer disappears. Having learned the hard way about the flaws in his “it’s just paperwork” mentality, Vivek battles forces beyond his control to get his visa extended, whether at his existing company or a new job. Along the way, his eyes are opened to the similar struggles of his own roommates and those around him. American in mind and Indian at heart, this is a contemporary story of ambition and ambivalence fueled by one’s immigration status that characterizes the dilemma of modern cultural displacement. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

The Prison — Written and Directed by Na Hyun

The Prison

After a fatal accident, Yu-gon (Rae-won Kim), a former police inspector, is sentenced to hard time in a prison he once helped fill. Once inside, he discovers the entire penitentiary is no longer controlled by the guards, but by a vicious crime syndicate that breaks out at night, using their prison sentences as the perfect alibi to commit intricate heists. Looking for revenge against the system that placed him inside, Yu-gon joins the syndicate… but with every man out for himself, how long can the perfect crime last? (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Cezanne and I — Written and Directed by Danièle Thompson

“Cezanne and I”

“Cezanne and I” traces the parallel paths of the lives, careers, and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne (Guillaume Gallienne) and novelist Emile Zola (Guillaume Canet). The two boys grew up in Aix-en-Provence. Emile was fatherless and poor. Paul came from a wealthy family. As young men, dreaming of glory and beautiful women, they left the south to conquer the art scene in Paris. Soon Emile had it all, success, money, and the perfect wife, and embraced the very bourgeoisie he mocked in his books. Meanwhile, Cezanne rejected the Parisian scene to focus only on his work, ignored by his peers and the establishment. (Press materials)

Find screening info here.

Films Directed by Women Currently Playing“Karl Marx City

Karl Marx City (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Petra Epperlein

Bluebeard — Written and Directed by Soo-youn Lee

Tickling Giants (Documentary) — Directed by Sara Taksler

Uncertain (Documentary) — Co-Written and Co-Directed by Anna Sandilands (Also Available on VOD)

Viceroy’s House — Directed by Gurinder Chadha; Co-Written by Moira Buffini (UK)

Jasper Jones — Directed by Rachel Perkins (Australia)

The Last Laugh (Documentary) — Directed by Ferne Pearlstein

A United Kingdom — Directed by Amma Asante

Films Written by Women Opening This Week

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Films Written by Women Currently Playing“Phillauri

Phillauri — Written by Anvita Dutt

Beautiful Devils — Written by Jennifer Majka (UK)

My Life as a Zucchini — Written by Céline Sciamma

A Dog’s Purpose — Written by Cathryn Michon

The Red Turtle — Co-written by Pascale Ferran

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — Written by J.K. Rowling

TV Premieres This Week“Abortion: Stories Women Tell

Abortion: Stories Women Tell (Documentary) — Directed by Tracy Droz Tragos (Premieres April 3 on HBO)

In 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade recognized the right of every woman in the United States to have an abortion. Since 2011, over half the states in the nation have significantly restricted access to abortions. In 2016, abortion remains one of the most divisive issues in America, especially in Missouri, where only one abortion clinic remains open, patients and their doctors must navigate a 72-hour waiting period, and each year sees more restrictions. Awarding-winning director and Missouri native Tracy Droz Tragos sheds new light on the contentious issue with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves — those struggling with unplanned pregnancies, the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on both sides of the issue hoping to sway decisions and lives. (Press materials)

Read Women and Hollywood’s interview with Tracy Droz Tragos.

VOD/DVD Releasing This Week“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”: Disney

Lavender (DVD, April 1)

The Bounce Back — Co-Written by Staci Robinson (DVD, April 4)

Newtown (Documentary) — Directed by Kim A. Snyder (DVD, April 4)

Office Christmas Party — Co-Written by Laura Solon (DVD, April 4)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (DVD, April 4)

We Don’t Belong Here (VOD/DVD, April 4)

Women and Hollywood in the News

Aaron Sorkin, reportedly unaware of Hollywood’s diversity problem, had many chances to become aware (Washington Post)

Picks of the Week from Women and Hollywood

Listen: Podcast with “Harlots” Producer Alison Owen

A Conversation with “The Zookeeper’s Wife” Director Niki Caro

MPAA Report 2016: 52% of Movie Audiences Are Women & Other Takeaways

On Women and Hollywood This WeekTomi Adeyemi: Adeyemi’s Instagram account

Guest Post: Supporting Women’s Voices in Independent Film

Susan Johnson Talks “Carrie Pilby” and Finding Funding for the Female-Led Film

Joss Whedon May Direct Batgirl Standalone Film

Lois Smith-Starrer “Marjorie Prime” Acquired by FilmRise

Drew Barrymore, Samantha Bee, America Ferrara, & More to Be Honored at the Gracie Awards

23-Year-Old Author Tomi Adeyemi’s Debut Novel Acquired by Fox 2000

Trailer Watch: Diane Lane Takes the Trip of a Lifetime in Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait

Women-Directed Features “Polina” and “The Drowning” Acquired

Lipstick Under My Burkha” to Open Indian Film Fests in La and NY

Janeane Garofalo to Make Broadway Debut in “Marvin’s Room”

Male Privilege Watch: Chris Addison to Make Feature Debut with “Nasty Women

Trailer Watch: Explorer Gertrude Bell Takes Center Stage in “Letters from Baghdad”

BAMcinématek to Present Anne-Marie Miéville Retrospective

Natalie Portman to Play a Bull Rider in Anna Rose Holmer’s “Bronco Belle”

Bentonville Film Fest to Open with Gaby Dellal’s “3 Generations”

Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing”

Trailer Watch: Noomi Rapace Is Abducted & Subjected to Experiments in “Rupture

Sarah Silverman to Host Political Comedy Talk Show for Hulu

Queen of the Desert” Gets a U.S. Release Date and New Trailer

Jessica Chastain and Niki Caro on “The Zookeeper’s Wife” and the Importance of Recognizing Women in History

Amy Pascal & Bruna Papandrea to Produce Film Adaptions of Upcoming Books

Trailer Watch: Frances McDormand Takes on the Police in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Wtf of the Day: Aaron Sorkin Was Unaware of Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

Thea Sharrock Being Eyed to Direct “The One and Only Ivan”

What Happened to the Women Directors in Hollywood? Part 5: 2000–2017

Quote of the Day: Kate Winslet Talks Self-Acceptance & How to Rise Above Body Shaming

Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield” Acquired by IFC Films

Plays from Lucy Kirkwood and Anna Ziegler to Run at Manhattan Theater Club

Trailer Watch: Kitty Green Returns to the Scene of the Crime in “Casting JonBenet

Nicole Kidman and Amy Schumer to Star in Rebecca Miller’s “She Came to Me”

Trailer Watch: Netflix’s “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On” Investigates the Porn Industry

Weekly Reads from Around the Internet

Aubrey Plaza Is Currently Serving Up the Most Terrifying Performance on TV by Anna Silman (New York Magazine)

What Scarlett Johansson Could Learn From the “Ghost in the Shell” Experience by Teresa Jusino (The Mary Sue)

Hulu’s “Harlots” Takes a Modern View of 18th-Century Sex Work by Sophie Gilbert (The Atlantic)

Feud’s” Alison Wright on Hollywood sexism, Men Behaving Badly, and That “Americans” Moment by Caroline Framke (Vox)

Why Are So Many Female-Led Projects Called ‘Camp’? by Angelica Jade Bastién (Vulture)

Follow Women and Hollywood on Twitter @WomenaHollywood and Melissa Silverstein@melsil.

To contact Women and Hollywood, email melissa@womenandhollywood.com

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- Rachel Montpelier

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NBA's Cliff Robinson Reveals Brain Hemorrhage ... 'I'm Improving Every Day'

14 March 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Ex-nba star Cliff Robinson has finally revealed the medical condition that left him hospitalized in Oregon ... saying he suffered a brain hemorrhage, but he's on the mend.  The 50-year-old former Portland Trail Blazers star was hospitalized on March 8 and is still receiving treatment at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center ... but he just released an update on his condition. "I had an unfortunate incident with a minor brain hemorrhage which means I’ll be in rehabilitation for a while. »

- TMZ Staff

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How Kristen Stewart Won Her Freedom — and What She Plans to Do with It

10 March 2017 2:58 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this story appears in Entertainment Weekly #1457-1458, on stands now, or buy it here – and don’t forget to subscribe for more exclusive photos and interviews.

On Feb, 4, Kristen Stewart arrived at Saturday Night Live for rehearsal. It did not go well. “I couldn’t get out one line,” says Stewart, who was hosting for the first time. “I was embarrassed. I was so nervous. Just being on stage with the whole crew—and that cast is epic—and everyone was killing it immediately. I felt like they were all thinking, ‘This poor girl is going to crash and burn. »

- Sara Vilkomerson

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NBA's Cliff Robinson Hospitalized In Portland

8 March 2017 3:41 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Former NBA star Cliff Robinson has been hospitalized in Oregon ... this according to the former All-Star forward's family. 50-year-old Robinson is currently at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, although no further details about what caused the hospital stay were made available. Cliff played for five different NBA teams, but was a star for the Portland Trailblazers in the early to mid 1990's, where he was an All-Star and a defensive standout. He later »

- TMZ Staff

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‘Xx’ Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Release Date and Details

7 March 2017 4:36 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

All ladies are calling the shots in the horror anthology film Xx, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD under the Magnet label on May 23rd.

Xx is divided into four separate horror stories, each written by a talented lady. Annie Clark (St. Vincent) makes her directorial debut with The Birthday PartyKaryn Kusama (Girl Fight) delivers Her Only Living Son; Roxanne Benjamin (Southbound) aims high with Don't Fall; and Jovanka Vuckovic (The Captured Bird) presents The Box.

Pre-order Xx on Blu-ray, DVD or Digital right now at Amazon.

Sofia Carrillo (La Casa Triste), an award-winning animator, helps bring the stories together with a cast that includes Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool and Christina Kirk.

Xx Bonus features will be announced at a later date.

Check out the Xx trailer and cover art below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lgh-zJ9_uFs »

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Blu-ray Release Date for Horror Anthology Xx

7 March 2017 2:58 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

After a well-received world premiere at Sundance, the horror anthology Xx is coming home on Blu-ray and DVD this May.

Blu-ray.com reports that Magnolia Home Entertainment will release Xx on Blu-ray (and, according to Amazon, DVD as well) on May 23rd. Featuring segments directed by Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Karyn KusamaRoxanne Benjamin, and Jovanka Vuckovic, no special features have been revealed for the Xx Blu-ray at this time, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details.

In case you missed it, check out Heather's Sundance review of Xx, as well as our previous coverage of the film.

"Xx is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with The Birthday Party; Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) exorcises Her Only Living Son; Roxanne Benjamin (V/H/S trilogy, Southbound) screams »

- Derek Anderson

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Film Review: ‘Contemporary Color’

3 March 2017 6:26 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Some documentaries set out to heal the world, while others succeed in making it a better place by the mere fact of their existence. A clear example of the latter, Bill and Turner Ross’ “Contemporary Color” is a gift to audiences everywhere, a spectacular kinetic pinwheel of a movie that whisks us away from big issues to celebrate an exceptional creative collaboration between Talking Heads frontman/founder David Byrne and 10 East Coast color guard squads, resulting in a one-of-a-kind concert movie through which this peculiar American art form — a meticulously choreographed mix of flag spinning, weapon tossing, and dance — gets a splendid, soul-recharging big-screen treatment.

So-called “winter guard” is a curious discipline to begin with, obscure to some, downright sacred to others, that evolved out of the ancient military tradition by which a regiment presents and protects its flag (or “colors”). Today, it is practiced at the high school and »

- Peter Debruge

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How David Byrne Collaborated With Two Art House Documentary Filmmakers And Reinvented Concert Films All Over Again

3 March 2017 12:11 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David Byrne leaned back in his chair and stared up at the ceiling of his charmingly cluttered Soho office: “I like to keep trying new things — it keeps me on my toes.”

Um, yeah. In the last decade alone, the 64-year-old art-rock legend has authored two books, released a pair of collaborative albums (one with Brian Eno, the other with Annie Clark), written a musical about Joan of Arc, turned a building into an instrument, scored a Shia Labeouf movie, and teamed up with Fatboy Slim to create a disco opera about the life and times of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines.

For Byrne, a restless iconoclast who founded Talking Heads with some Risd chums in 1975 and has been expanding his horizons ever since, such unbridled creativity is just par for the course. He’s completely at the mercy of his muse — no matter where it »

- David Ehrlich

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How David Byrne and 'Contemporary Color' Turned Color Guards Into Rock Stars

3 March 2017 5:50 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In April 2015, documentarian brothers Turner and Bill Ross went to Dayton, Ohio, with David Byrne to witness the Color Guard World Championships, an annual competition that finds costumed teams blending interpretive dance with an acrobatic use of flags, sabers and rifles. Byrne had been fascinated by the event – equal parts balletic art and rigorous sport – ever since a team asked to license one of his instrumentals and sent him a DVD of their performance. But for the Rosses, who grew up 30 minutes from Dayton, the event might as well have been on Jupiter. »

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'Contemporary Color' Review: It's the 'Stop Making Sense' of Color Guard Rock Docs

1 March 2017 9:38 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

You'd normally be hard-pressed to find a link between color guards – those tween-to-teen troupes who do military-style dance routines involving waving flags and spinning rifles – hipster rock/Edm bands and micro-indie regional documentarians; a microscope used to be required to view the Venn diagram overlap. Enter David Byrne, an artist who's never found a bunch of disparate elements he couldn't turn into a creative goulash, and who became a fan of the Middle-America past time after a group asked to use his music for a routine. The former Talking Head »

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St. Vincent Directed a Horror Movie Because She's Scared of Them

28 February 2017 4:40 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

There's something special about the new horror movie Xx. Not only is it an anthology, featuring four completely different and terrifying short films, but it also boasts four fantastic female directors. Karyn Kusama handled a disturbing secret in The Box, a celebration takes a dark turn in The Birthday Party by Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent), Roxanne Benjamin hones in on a camping trip gone wrong in Don't Fall, and Jovanka Vuckovic deals with the devil in Her Only Living Son. We sat down with Clark and Benjamin to discuss the groundbreaking project, female empowerment, and the horror genre as a whole. Related:Get Out Is Leading the Pack of 2017's Best Horror Movies - Here Are the Others! Annie Clark on what inspired her directorial debut: "ToiletPaper Magazine, Michael Haneke (Funny Games), Weekend at Bernie's meets Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?." Roxanne Benjamin on her inspiration: "Creep Show, Tales From the Crypt, »

- Ryan Roschke

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New to Streaming: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Allied,’ ‘Fire at Sea,’ ‘Doctor Strange,’ and More

17 February 2017 10:50 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

Allied (Robert Zemeckis)

That thing we can’t take for granted: a film whose many parts – period piece, war picture, blood-spattered actioner, deception-fueled espionage thriller, sexy romance, and, at certain turns, comedy – can gracefully move in conjunction and separate from each other, just as its labyrinthine-but-not-quite plot jumps from one setpiece to the next with little trouble in maintaining a consistency of overall pleasure. Another late-career triumph for Robert Zemeckis, »

- The Film Stage

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Annie Clark (St. Vincent) Directs the Worst Birthday Ever in This ‘Xx’ Clip

17 February 2017 10:07 AM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Now in theaters, On Demand, Amazon Video and iTunes is Xx, an anthology film tells four deadly tales from four killer women: Roxanne Benjamin, who produced Southbound with us and also directed one of the stories; rock and roll icon Annie Clark (“St. Vincent”); Karyn Kusama, one of TV’s leading female directors and the filmmaker behind The Invitation; and up-and-comer Jovanka Vuckovic, director of […] »

- Brad Miska

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Jerry O’Connell on Losing New York City Friends and Neighbors When He Was a Kid During AIDS Crisis

17 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When Jerry O’Connell was still just a young boy, one of America’s most culture-shifting health crises hit very close to home.

In the latest edition of The Jess Cagle Interview with People and Entertainment Weekly‘s Editorial Director Jess Cagle, the former child actor opens up about growing up in Chelsea, New York, during the 1980s’ AIDS epidemic and losing people close to him.

“It got a little sad because a lot of people passed away from AIDS, which happened really quickly,” O’Connell recalls of his childhood. “I was born in , and not to bring everybody down too much, »

- Brittany King

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Xx movie review: women filmmakers bring a feminine bent to horror

16 February 2017 4:49 PM, PST | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… My anger that women filmmakers doing a horror anthology is seen as a novelty almost overshadows my disappointment that these short films aren’t very scary. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies by and about women

I’m “biast” (con): I’m not much of a horror fan

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I’m looking forward to the time when the work of four women filmmakers coming together in a horror anthology is not considered a novelty, but we do not live in that world yet. So that is the motif that connects the segments of Xx: they were written and directed by women. (Imagine how ridiculous it would be to try to sell an anthology on the fact that all the segments were made by men!) I’m always glad to see women filmmakers working, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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New Xx Featurette Explores the Horror Anthology’s Four Deadly Tales

16 February 2017 3:27 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Starting tomorrow, horror fans will be introduced to four fresh, deadly tales from four female directors in the new horror anthology Xx. To show viewers what went into the making of the movie, Magnet Releasing has revealed a new featurette that explores the eclectic stories and creative processes behind the macabre magic of Xx.

Xx comes out in theaters and on VOD platforms beginning February 17th. In case you missed it, check out our previous Xx coverage here.

Press Release: Magnet Releasing & Xyz Film's horror anthology Xx opens in theaters and on VOD on February 17, 2017 and features an all-female lineup of filmmakers- four deadly tales by four killer women.

Xx is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie Clark (St. Vincent) rocks her directorial debut with The Birthday Party; Karyn Kusama (The Invitation, Girlfight) exorcises Her Only Living Son »

- Derek Anderson

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