17 items from 2017
“My first notebook was given to me by my mother with the suggestion that I amuse myself by writing down my thoughts,” says Joan Didion in a new trailer for an upcoming Netflix documentary about her life and work. “I didn’t have any real clear picture of how to do it but I do remember having a very clear sense that I wanted this to continue.” And continue it did. Her 50-year career includes essays, novels, screenplays, and criticism.
“Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” features archival footage of the celebrated American writer as well as in-depth interviews “about the eras she covered and the eventful life she’s lived, including partying with Janis Joplin in a house full of L.A. rockers; hanging in a recording studio with Jim Morrison; and cooking dinner for one of Charles Manson’s women for a magazine story,” the doc’s official synopsis details. “Didion guides us through the sleek literati scene of New York in the 1950s and early ’60s, when she wrote for Vogue, her return to her home state of California for two turbulent decades,” and much more.
“I’ve always found if I examine something it’s less scary,” Didion explains in the spot. One of the scariest experiences Didion has faced was the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne, which she chronicled in “The Year of Magical Thinking,” the winner of the 2005 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and a topic of discussion in “The Center Will Not Hold.”
Didion’s best known books include “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” “The White Album,” and “Play It As It Lays.” “A Star Is Born,” “True Confessions,” and “Up Close & Personal” are among the screenplays she’s penned.
Trailer Watch: Joan Didion Finds Her Voice in Netflix Doc “The Center Will Not Hold” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Is Barbra Streisand upset about not being offered a role in the upcoming remake of her 1976 musical drama A Star Is Born? One of this week’s new tabloids claims the iconic actress/singer is angry about the supposed snub, but Gossip Cop has learned the truth. Bradley Cooper is directing and co-starring alongside Lady Gaga […] »
- Andrew Shuster
“How does one capture such a celebrated and prolific author while delivering something new for audiences to engage with?” That is precisely the question Netflix aims to tackle with its newly announced documentary on the legendary Joan Didion.
For over 50 years, Didion’s work has extended over various literary mediums. Her credits include that of essayist, screenwriter, and novelist. She has been, as Netflix’s press release stresses, “our premier chronicler of the ebb and flow of America’s cultural and political tides with observations on her personal — and our own — upheavals, downturns, life changes, and states of mind.”
This documentary, directed by Griffin Dunne (“I Love Dick”) aims to capture a new level of intimacy and understanding through one-on-one conversations. Dunne and Didion touch on everything from “partying with Janis Joplin in a house full of La rockers” to “the sleek literati scene of the 1950s and early ‘60s” to “her film scripts, including ‘The Panic in Needle Park.’” Dunne emphasizes that this documentary is a “true labor of love.”
Joan Didion’s essay “Goodbye to All That” was optioned for a film adaptation in 2015. Her books include “Slouching Towards Bethlehem,” “The White Album,” and “The Year of Magical Thinking.” Didion also wrote the screenplay for the Barbra Streisand-led “A Star Is Born” and “Up Close and Personal” starring Michelle Pfeiffer
“Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold” will premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival and on Netflix October 27.
Netflix to Premiere New Joan Didion Doc at New York Film Festival was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Kelsey Moore
Two generations of A Star Is Born collided at Glastonbury Friday when, according to Billboard, Bradley Cooper appeared on stage to shoot scenes before a set from Kris Kristofferson. Cooper—who is also directing the remake starring Lady Gaga—is playing a role equivalent to the one that Kristofferson took on in the 1976 version of the story. (If only James Mason and Frederic March could have been around to see this.)
Cooper appeared to jammed out pretty hard—as you can see from the photo above—but NME notes that the audience could not hear what he was playing. So patrons got a silent show before Cooper introduced Kristofferson himself, saying, per Billboard, “You guys were awesome, that was great—it’s my sheer pleasure to introduce Kris Kristofferson.” The 81-year-old’s performance eventually featured a cameo from Johnny Depp—who has already used Glastonbury as an opportunity to »
- Esther Zuckerman
How do you upstage Brad Pitt...offstage? Easy, just as Bradley Cooper. The actor masterfully photobombed Pitt as he took a selfie with a fan, musician Chris Simmons, at the 2017 Glastonbury Festival in England Friday. "When you get your photo with Brad Pitt photobombed by Bradley Cooper!" Simmons wrote on Instagram, alongside the pic. British rock band Royal Blood also posted on Instagram a photo with Pitt, joking that he was a fan who had won a meet-and-greet contest. Cooper also surprised fans at Glastonbury when he crashed Kris Kristofferson's set to film a scene for his movie A Star Is Born, his directorial debut, starring Lady »
23 June 2017 5:19 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Cooper is directing and starring in the movie alongside Lady Gaga. On Friday, he appeared onstage ahead of Kris Kristofferson's set and performed for the crowd and cameras, albeit with his guitar volume turned off to the audience, as NME reports. Cooper and Gaga filmed similar scenes at Coachella in April.
Before leaving the stage, Cooper thanked the audience: "You guys were awesome, that was great — it's my sheer pleasure to introduce Kris Kristofferson."
- Colin Stutz, Billboard
Film retrospectives will honor two icons of the stage and screen this summer in New York City. An exhibition celebrating Oscar-winning actress and singer Barbra Streisand, called “Simply Streisand,” will be held June 30-July 6 at the Quad Cinema. “Talking Pictures: The Cinema of Yvonne Rainer,” will feature screenings of the dancer, choreographer, and director’s work July 21–27 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Fslc).
“Simply Streisand” is a collection of Streisand’s “evergreen big-screen work” in honor of the legend’s 75th birthday. Streisand made her feature film debut at age 20 in “Funny Girl.” She won a Golden Globe and Oscar for the role of Fanny Brice. “Streisand’s screen presence was larger-than-life,” a press release details. “Her breathtaking singing voice and extraordinary comic chops turned a series musicals and comedies into smash hits.”
Streisand-led films like “Funny Girl,” “A Star Is Born,” “The Way We Were,” and “Hello, Dolly!” will screen at the retrospective. “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “Yentl,” and “The Prince of Tides” — all helmed by Streisand — will also be shown.
Opening up about her lack of Best Director Oscar nods, Streisand recently said, “There were a lot of older people [voting]. They don’t want to see a woman director. I don’t know how many women wanted to see a woman director.” She added, “I directed because I couldn’t be heard.”
Check out the Quad’s website for “Simply Streisand’s” full schedule.
“Talking Pictures” will screen the radical work of Rainer, who completed her first film in 1972. Her “cinema signaled new possibilities for film language, retooling narrative generally and melodrama specifically with a disjunctive audiovisual syntax, restless political intelligence, deft appropriation, and deadpan wit,” a press release summarizes.
Rainer herself will attend the retrospective to discuss her career and work with writer Lynne Tillman. Their conversation will serve as the centerpiece of the film series.
All of the films Rainer directed — such as “Lives of Performers,” “Privilege,” and “Film About a Woman Who…” — will screen. Films that feature Rainer as subject and those that influenced her own filmmaking style will also be included. Among them are “Paul Swan” and “Madame X: An Absolute Ruler.”
Visit the Fslc website for the entire schedule and lineup for “Talking Pictures.”
Barbra Streisand and Yvonne Rainer Film Retrospectives Announced was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Cars! Cars! Cars! What climate accord, when we’re celebrating the internal combustion engine! One of the best of the breezy ’70s action comedies, this cross-country road race picture gave us early looks at Gary Busey and Raul Julia in the midst of an always-amusing ensemble of car crazies, out to go from Manhattan to the Pacific in less than two days, at speeds up 175 mph! No 55 speed limit, no catalytic converters!
1976 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date June 13, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Cinematography: Richard C. Glouner
Original Music: Dominic Frontiere
Written by Chuck Bail, »
- Glenn Erickson
Hyams spent more than 40 years at Warners, rising to executive VP of special projects. He worked with Eastwood on all his films from 1971’s “Any Which Way But Loose” through 2004’s “Mystic River” and shepherded the films through film festivals, premieres and awards campaigns.
Eastwood said in a statement, “Joe was an incredibly smart, intuitive and talented executive who played a crucial role in making my movies succeed. More important, he was a great friend and I will miss him.”
Working with stars such as James Dean, Burt Lancaster, Hillary Swank, and Morgan Freeman, Hyams nurtured personal relationships with many of the stars he worked with, and he served as a mentor and advisor to many people.
“To me he was the dean of what he did, »
- Pat Saperstein
Author: James Kleinmann
Saturday evening in New York saw the unlikely pairing of filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and the iconic Barbra Streisand take to the stage at the 16th Tribeca Film Festival for a memorable discussion as part of the Tribeca Talks series.
Rodriguez immediately addressed how the improbable duo came about, revealing that Streisand was the most adored star in his household when he was growing up. When she became the first woman to write, direct, produce and star in a major American movie with Yentil, he was inspired as a budding young filmmaker and his five sisters felt empowered.
Rodriguez shared: “It speaks volumes about the widespread appeal of Barbra Streisand. I grew up in a large Hispanic family of 10 kids in San Antonio, Texas, and in our household, there simply was no bigger star than Barbra Streisand.”
When he finally met Streisand as an adult, he says he »
- James Kleinmann
Barbra Streisand didn’t mince words when Robert Rodriguez interviewed her at the Tribeca Film Festival this past weekend —of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way. The famously outspoken megastar had some choice words about how women directors are treated in Hollywood and how little things have changed since she made her own directorial debut with 1983’s “Yentl,” a story about a woman (Streisand) posing as a man in order to study the Torah.
According to Variety, Streisand spoke candidly about her lack of directing Oscar nods for “Yentl” and 1991’s “Prince of Tides.” She believes sexism from both men and women stopped her from receiving recognition from the Academy. “There were a lot of older people. They don’t want to see a woman director,” she told Rodriguez. “I don’t know how many women wanted to see a woman director.”
Streisand’s lack of directing nominations does seem like a blatant snub, as both “Yentl” and the romance “Prince of Tides” racked up a bunch of other nods. “Prince of Tides” in particular was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay, which often go hand-in-hand with a directing nod.
As Streisand revealed, her work on Sydney Pollack’s 1973 romantic drama “The Way We Were” was the catalyst for her directing career. She disagreed with Pollack’s vision and was “horrified” when he cut “scenes that [Streisand] felt illustrated why her on-screen relationship with Robert Redford’s character ultimately disintegrated,” Variety details. Her lack of creative control is what drove her to helm her own movies.
“I directed because I couldn’t be heard,” Streisand emphasized.
While she wouldn’t be credited as a director until 1983, Streisand first demonstrated her artistic vision on the 1976 drama “A Star Is Born.” The film, which sees Streisand as a rising music star in a doomed relationship with past-his-prime rock star Kris Kristofferson, was directed by Frank Pierson. But Streisand told Rodriguez that she had the final cut. “That was tough because I was blackmailed into hiring [Pierson],” she said, per Deadline. “I hired him to write and he said he wouldn’t do it unless he directed. I had final cut rights. I told him he could have all the credit, but that he had to allow my vision to be there. He would agree, but then I’d show up and the cameras would be in [the wrong places].”
The “Funny Girl” star also brushed off Rodriguez’s suggestion that her work as a director “shattered a glass ceiling for other female filmmakers,” Variety notes. Acknowledging how few opportunities female directors receive in Hollywood, Streisand responded, “Not enough women are directing now.” In other words, the glass ceiling might have a crack or two, but it’s still very much intact.
Among Streisand’s other directing credits are the 1996 feature “The Mirror Has Two Faces” and three documentaries of her concert performances. She is also set to direct an untitled film about the affair between photographer Margaret Bourke-White and author Erskine Caldwell. She has received two Oscars: one for her performance in “Funny Girl” and another for Best Original Song for “A Star Is Born.”
Fittingly, Streisand was the person who presented Kathryn Bigelow the Oscar for Best Director in 2010 for “The Hurt Locker.” After opening the envelope with the winner’s name, Streisand said, “Well, the time has come,” in reference to the fact that a woman had never received the award before. To date, Bigelow remains the only woman to have won the Academy Award for Best Director.
Barbra Streisand Started Directing Because She “Couldn’t Be Heard” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Nothing is going to rain on Barbra’s birthday parade!
On Monday, Barbra Streisand celebrated her 75th birthday with some of Hollywood’s A-list at hotspot Café Habana in Malibu, California.
The party lasted for four hours, and guests were served Casamigos tequila. An eyewitness tells Et, “Barbra stood and thanked everyone for coming. She also told stories for about 10 minutes and admitted to being a horrible public speaker.”
Streisand’s cake was iconic in itself! Guests enjoyed a three-layer flower cake -- topped »
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga were spotted filming the musical remake A Star Is Born in California on Monday, and let's just say that there appeared to be some serious fireworks between their characters. The singer and Golden Globe winner, who debuted her new Summer anthem "The Cure" at Coachella last weekend, and the actor, who recently became a dad, packed on the Pda while shooting a scene at a gas station. RelatedLook Back on Lady Gaga's Monstrous Rise to Fame In the film, Bradley plays the role of an alcoholic has-been rock star, and Gaga a small-town girl hoping to make it big - a part most famously portrayed by Barbra Streisand in 1976. The pair was first photographed taking a ride on Bradley's motorcycle back in April 2016, launching rumors of a professional (or personal) relationship. In October, when Gaga served as the musical guest on SNL, the actor »
- Brittney Stephens
Something I've touched on many times before is that the accounting offices over at Warner Bros. deserve a closer look. If you follow box office analysis like I do, you'll come across experts in the field making claims like Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix actually Lost money for the studio, despite earning $938 million worldwide (I'll include a link to that in the Source). You'll also hear about the idea that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice needed to make something like $900-$920 million in order to be profitable, meaning the $827M it made actually leaves Warner Bros. in the red!
A new report from The Hollywood Reporter reveals exactly what kinds of practices often lead Warner Bros. to doing anything but "laughing all the way to the bank" when their movies fail critically but seemingly do so well financially.
Producer Jon Peters, famous in fanboy circles for »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Many DC fans won't know who Jon Peters is by name, but they will probably know his work, since he produced movies like Caddyshack, Batman and technically Man of Steel. Though, he didn't actually work on that latter movie. He started out, oddly enough, as a hairdresser and eventually wound up as a bit time Hollywood producer. So how successful is he? Well, he was good enough, or at least smart enough, to make about $80 million for doing absolutely nothing on both Superman Returns and Man of Steel.
After spending quite a long time away from the limelight, Jon Peters recently granted an interview to The Hollywood Reporter. Just to give an idea of the kind of reputation Jon Peters has, the THR report noted that he had a loaded gun on the table during the interview. The publication reported a while back that he was paid somewhere between $10 and $15 million for Man of Steel, »
David Crow Jan 13, 2017
Jon Peters has had one of the most infamous and oddly-inspiring rises to power in Hollywood history. Once a hair-dresser bad boy who was supposedly the inspiration for Warren Beatty’s Shampoo, Peters somehow found himself as Barbara Streisand’s lover/producer on the A Star Is Born remake, and then a well-regarded producer who, along with Peter Guber, presided over classic 1980s blockbusters like Batman, Flashdance, and An American Werewolf In London. He also was the first guy to attempt to 'reboot' Superman before that jargon existed in the 1990s… mind you, his idea was to have Nicolas Cage with flowing locks to star in it while fighting a giant spider, but you know… he was still first.
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Are you emotionally prepared for awards season?
Well, it’s officially upon us, with the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards airing on Sunday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m. Et/5 p.m. Pt on NBC.
In anticipation of the show, hosted this year by Jimmy Fallon, we’re taking a look at some of the most interesting pieces of Globes trivia. Study this list carefully so you can sound extra-interesting at your viewing party.
1. The biggest Globes shutouts of all time were Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1967) and The Godfather, Part III (1991). Both films received seven nominations, but zero Globes.
2. One »
- Maria Yagoda
17 items from 2017
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