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If we had to look for a theme for this month's TV offerings, we might go with: Chaos Reigns. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend promises to devote its third season to a revenge plot; the one-man disruptive force known as Larry David resuscitates his antisocial HBO masterpiece Curb Your Enthusiasm; Fox's new superhero show The Gifted features mutants on the run from government-sanctioned extermination; Riverdale is back with more warped Archie sex and violence; and The Walking Dead returns with both hungry "walkers" and all-out war. All this, and brand new Dynasty remake. »
The winners of the influential 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards were celebrated amid a ray of Bollywood stars, glittering celebrities and high profile dignitaries on Friday September 22nd at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. Winners include, Bollywood star Farhan Akhtar for International Personality of the Year (Male); Playwright Tanika Gupta MBE for Achievement in Media; Surinder Arora for Business Person of the Year; with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Lord Indarjit Singh Cbe, for his immense achievements and contribution to harmonising race relations in Britain.
Hosted by Bollywood singer, actress and model, Raageshwari and former Eastenders star actor Nitin Ganatra, the awards saw over £155,000 raised for charity partner, Akshaya Patra, which works to eradicate classroom hunger and facilitate childhood education by serving freshly cooked, nourishing lunches to 1.6 million school children across India every day. The event also highlighted the great strides made in the fields of Media, »
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Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Los Angeles, the first residential program in the country for women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, will honor MusiCares/Map Fund’s Senior Director Harold Owens with the Excellence In Service Award; entrepreneur and television personality Eden Sassoon with the Woman of the Year Award; and tattoo artist, author, activist and musician Kat Von D with the Shining Star Award at their 28th annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.
“We are honored to celebrate each of these remarkable individuals for their generosity, commitment, and myriad of contributions to our community,” said Friendly House Board Chair, Peggy Albrecht. “Our organization is fortunate to have such dedicated supporters. With their generosity, we are able to provide an environment where women can recover from the devastation of drug and alcohol addiction, help to renew family relationships and reintegrate each woman back into the community. »
Bollywood actor, producer, director and singer, Farhan Akhtar will be attending the 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards, tying in with the theme of this year’s event, which centres around the fields of Media, Art and Culture. The awards will be held on Friday 22nd September and celebrate South Asian excellence at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane. Bollywood singer, actress and model, Raageshwari will join former Eastenders star Nitin Ganatra to host the glittering ceremony.
This year, women have stormed the 17th annual Asian Achievers Awards nominees list, with 22 of the 36 shortlisted contenders being female. It is one of the few times that any awards event, Asian or otherwise, has women outnumbering male nominees. The nominees include, Vanita Patel MBE of Anti-Slavery International; England cricketer Haseeb Hameed; playwright, Tanika Gupta MBE; ground-breaking chemist, Sir Shankar Balasubramanian Frs and BBC journalist, Tina Daheley – full list below.
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There’s Hollywood’s official history, one adorned with screen goddesses and cinematic icons of masculinity. Then there’s another, less-told tale of the golden age of movies. That’s a story in which Scotty Bowers plays a central role.
For decades, this former marine turned gas station attendant, bartender and handyman, was a sexual rainmaker to the stars. Away from the greasepaint and the glitz, actors like Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Rock Hudson allegedly turned to Bowers to make their sexual fantasies come true. His story is the subject of a new documentary “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” from Matt Tyrnauer, a writer, director and journalist best known for “Valentino: The Last Emperor.”
The film, and particularly Bowers’ claims that Grant, Tracy and Hepburn engaged in gay sex, are bound to make headlines and attract controversy as they go against the actors’ carefully cultivated images. Tracy and Hepburn, »
- Brent Lang
As we previously reported, Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer is set to star as entrepreneur and social activist Madam C.J. Walker in a limited drama series based on A’Lelia Bundles’ best-selling biography “On Her Own Ground.” Now Variety writes that the project has officially found a production company in LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment.
Madam C.J. Walker — who started with close to nothing in the late 1800s — found success through her “discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women.” She “managed to overcome astonishing odds, building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women, and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism,” the source summarizes.
Although Walker’s story does not have an official home yet, Netflix rumors are percolating. Nicole Asher is set to write the script, and “Black Nativity” director Kasi Lemmons has signed on to direct the pilot. Asher and Lemmons, alongside Spencer and James, will also executive produce.
Spencer and James’ interest in the project arguably stems from a mutual end goal: to tell untold stories. As a company, SpringHill aims to “spotlight the hidden African-American figures who helped shape American history,” Variety explains. As both actress and a newly-proclaimed producer, Spencer, too, is “drawn to stories that haven’t really been told.” “I want to see all shapes and sizes, all ages, all religions,” she has said, “because that’s what our society is comprised of.”
The actress just recently shed light on Dorothy Vaughan’s story in “Hidden Figures.” Alongside Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monáe, Spencer introduced audiences to the true story of the African-American women who aided Nasa in the Space Race.
Her portrayal in “Hidden Figures” earned a Golden Globe and Oscar nomination. Spencer previously won an Academy Award for her role in “The Help,” and she is Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year. She will next appear in Guillermo del Toro’s other-worldly fairy tale, “The Shape of Water,” out December 8.
Octavia Spencer Teams with LeBron James for Madam C.J. Walker Series was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Kelsey Moore
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In an interview with Rolling Stone, the British-born actress, 30, said she did not realize at first that she was being discriminated against and treated differently from her male costars.
“I feel so naive for saying it, but it’s like dealing with racism,” she said. “You’re aware of it, and you’re aware of it, but one day, you go, ‘Oh, my God, it’s everywhere!’ Like you suddenly wake up to it and you go, ‘Wait a f—ing second, »
- Stephanie Petit
Films Without Borders is a non-profit which works with African youth from troubled backgrounds to make short films. Supported by Swarovski, in partnership with Nairobi City County Government, Fwb is building a hub in Nairobi within walking distance from the Kibera slums offering free filmmaking and post-production workshops and other film-related activities.
At the Shorts Film Corner, Kenyan Russel Bonguen and his short crime thriller,“Who Murdered Judge Dunia Kafir?” are making the rounds with his feature script. Russel is a graduate of Conservatoire Europeen decriture audiovisuelle, the best screenwriting school in Paris, but has returned to his home in Nairobi where he now lives. He has written “News Diva” a feature script with the potential of becoming a series or franchise. Imagine “Broadcast News” as “Chinatown” wherein the station’s lead anchor and Woman of the Year partners in crime with an ex-cia agent to smuggle blood diamonds from the Congo to Nairobi. »
- Sydney Levine
Bollywood beauty Deepika Padukone was recently crowned as the ‘Hottest Woman of the Year’ by Maxim India. Internationally, supermodel Hailey Baldwin took the crown but Deepika Padukone totally owned the Indian issue in an all white number beating Priyanka Chopra. We had recently shared a couple of photographs from the photoshoot and Deepika Padukone lookedRead More
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Bollywood diva Deepika Padukone was recently crowned as the ‘Hottest Woman Of The Year’ by Maxim India. While the international ‘crown’ was owned by supermodel Hailey Baldwin, Deepika Padukone totally owned the Indian issue in an all white number beating Priyanka Chopra. Now, we came across some pictures that Maxim India shared from the ‘MaximRead More
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George Stevens’s Woman of the Year, conceived to build on the smashing comeback Katharine Hepburn had made in The Philadelphia Story, marked the beginning of the personal and professional union between Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, who would go on to make eight more films together. This tale of two newspaper reporters who wed and then discover that their careers aren’t so compatible forges a fresh and realistic vision of what marriage can be. The freewheeling but pinpoint-sharp screenplay by Ring Lardner Jr. and Michael Kanin won an Academy Award, and Hepburn received a nomination for her performance. Woman of the Year is a dazzling, funny, and rueful observation of what it takes for men and women to get along—both in the workplace and outside of it.
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- David Blakeslee
This episode takes a look at Criterion from the artistic lens, as we talk film with illustrators Caitlin Kuhwald and Michele Rosenthal. Caitlin has designed covers for Amarcord, The Organizer, To Be or Not to Be, Here Comes Mr. Jordan, and many more. Michele has designed images inspired by her “Affection” of Criterion. We talk about the July announcements, Twin Peaks, Buena Vista Social Club, Trips to Italy, and all sorts of other topics.
8:00 – July Announcements
32:00 – Newsletter Clue – Fire Walk With Me
38:30 – Buena Vista Social Club
42:30 – Jonathan Demme Rip
54:00 – FilmStruck
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- Aaron West
“Success is no fun unless you share it with someone,” confirms a composed Fay Bainter in George Stevens’ 1942 comedy classic Woman of the Year, a battles of the sexes comedy addressing how love and marriage doesn’t exactly function like a horse and carriage.
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- Nicholas Bell
Madonna in the music video for “Vogue”
Get ready to vogue at your local movie theater: a Madonna biopic is coming to the big screen. Universal has picked up “Blond Ambition,” Elyse Hollander’s 2016 Black List-topping script about the Queen of Pop. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news.
Set in early ’80s, “Blond Ambition” follows Madonna as she works on her first album in New York. She struggles “in a business that treats women badly, while also dealing with a burgeoning love life and the first hints of fame,” THR summarizes. Her first album, “Madonna,” was released in 1983. Blond Ambition is the name of Madonna’s iconic 1990 world tour in support of her fourth album, “Like a Prayer.”
Neither a director nor a star is attached yet.
Madonna was honored as Woman of the Year at last year’s Billboard Women in Music event. In her acceptance speech, she said, “I stand before you as a doormat. Oh, I mean, as a female entertainer. Thank you for acknowledging my ability to continue my career for 34 years in the face of blatant sexism and misogyny and constant bullying and relentless abuse.”
Take note, Universal. This is who you’re telling a story about — a woman who is famously outspoken about the entertainment industry’s mistreatment of women. Let’s hope the studio isn’t just considering men to helm “Blond Ambition.”
Elyse Hollander’s Madonna Biopic Picked Up by Universal was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Bogart and Bacall. Powell and Loy. Cinema history is chock full of iconic on-screen dynamic duos. However, few pairs have fostered more great films and a more historic legacy off screen than Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.
Two of classic Hollywood’s most legendary actors, the pair would share the screen for nine feature films that played part in a decades-spanning love affair as public as their films were instantly beloved. Working together for roughly 25 years, Tracy and Hepburn were the focus of beloved comedies like Adam’s Rib and ultimately the figureheads for a generation in Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner. But where did it all begin?
That would be George Stevens’ seminal gender politics comedy Woman of the Year, which is now out in a delightfully rich Criterion Collection DVD and Blu-ray. With a screenplay from Ring Lardner Jr. and Michael Kanin (an Oscar winning one, at »
- Joshua Brunsting
This Week in Home VideoPlus 9 more new releases to watch at home this week on Blu-ray/DVD.
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Pick of the WeekApocalypse Child
What is it? A young man in the Filipino town of Baler suspects he may have been fathered by a certain American director who filmed a Vietnam war epic in town several years prior.
Why buy it? The identity of finding the truth about his father is a catalyst of sorts here, but it’s far from the focus of Mario Cornejo and co-writer Monster Jimenez’s beautiful, raw, and affecting film. Instead it’s the idea of escaping one’s past through self-deception and distraction that pervades the screen alongside gorgeous visuals and performances. You can’t look away no matter how much you may want to. There »
- Rob Hunter
Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.
Last year marked the 15-year anniversary of Richard Kelly’s debut cult curio, Donnie Darko. While the film’s cult-status has elevated it into its own separate canon alongside other 21st-century indie-cult hits, Kelly’s two other films — the positively delirious and daring Southland Tales and the labyrinthine sci-fi period piece The Box — prove that he is a director deserving of much greater consideration. Sadly it’s been about eight years since a new »
- The Film Stage
Summer 2017 is shaping up to be quite the exciting season for The Criterion Collection. In May, the library will welcome cult favorite “Ghost World” and recent Palme d’or winner “Dheepan,” while June finds Kenji Mizoguchi’s “Ugetsu,” Hitchcock’s silent classic “The Lodger” and Sam Peckinpah’s controversial “Straw Dogs” joining the club. Criterion has now added its July 2017 additions to their summer slate, and they include movies from auteurs like Tarkovsky, Rossellini and Bresson. Below is the complete list of July additions, with descriptions provided by Criterion.
“Stalker” (1979) – Available July 18
Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, »
- Zack Sharf
There’s nothing better than watching a good movie, except maybe a good movie that features some good-looking food. But fans have only been able to imagine how these dishes would taste — until now, as Lexus is launching a new show on its digital content channel L/Studio called “Film to Table.” Each episode features chef and TV personality Jason Roberts sets out to recreate some of the most famous dishes in film history.
Read More: 25 Mouth-Watering Movies About Food, Restaurants & Chefs
The seven-episode series will recreate meals from such films like “Goodfellas,” “Eat Pray Love,” and “Pulp Fiction,” with the first episode focusing on a ramen dish from the Japanese film “Tampopo.” Fandor’s Haroon Adalat provides cinematic insight as he assists Roberts in cooking up the meal, covering topics such as the film’s Western influences.
The short six minute episode is quite entertaining, while also providing insight »
- Michael Gonzalez
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