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Sigourney Weaver’s face isn’t the first one you see in Ridley Scott’s “Alien” — she’s not even the first name you see, popping up second in the opening credits to Tom Skerritt — but there’s no question that Scott’s 1979 sci-fi masterpiece is a film (and, now, an entire franchise) that lives and dies based on the strength of Weaver’s indelible Ellen Ripley. She doesn’t even begin to emerge as the film’s principal hero until about 45 minutes in, when Ripley steps up in the wake of the kind of calamitous tragedy that still makes the film such a heart-pounding to watch, nearly four decades on.
Scott’s choice to ultimately center his film around the strength of a female character was hardly the kind of thing that other late-’70s action-driven blockbusters dug into (screenwriter Dan O’Bannon first wrote Ripley as a male lead, »
- Kate Erbland
To celebrate Mother's Day we're taking a look at our 5 favourite mother/daughter acting duos who've made a name for themselves in Hollywood.
Not only are these two mother and daughter but they've had some of the most iconic female roles in horror movie history. Janet Leigh was a bonafide scream queen from the late 1950's up until the early 1980's. She starred in Touch of Evil, The Fog, and of course Psycho for which she received an Oscar nomination. Jamie Lee Curtis first gained mainstream attention with her portrayal of Laurie in John Carpenter's Halloween which sparked a multi-decade franchise. She has since solidified herself among Hollywood greats with Freaky Friday, True Lies, and A Fish Called Wanda.
Here's another pairing with »
- Zachary Dent
Meryl Streep and Don Gummer have one of the most inspiring marriages in Hollywood, and the story of how they met is no different. Their meeting in 1978 was actually a result of a tragic event in Meryl's life - her partner, Godfather actor John Cazale, had just died of bone cancer. Don, who is a sculptor, was a friend of Meryl's brother and arrived in NYC with him to help her move out of the loft she shared with John. Although sparks didn't initially fly between them, Don invited her to move into his vacant apartment while he traveled and they corresponded through letters. Related37 Celebrity Couples Who Have Stood the Test of Time Meryl stayed in the apartment with Don even after he returned and began filming for Kramer vs. Kramer, the very role that led to her first Oscar. A romance blossomed between them, and they tied the »
- Monica Sisavat
Lansing helmed Paramount Pictures from 1992 to 2005 and was the first woman to ever lead a major film studio before she decided step away from the movie-making business to focus on philanthropy. The former studio chief, 72, is opening up about her decision to make the change in a new biography on her life, Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, by Stephen Galloway.
Though the book mostly focuses on Lansing’s life before and after moving to Hollywood to pursue a career »
- Ale Russian
Rory Bruer is retiring as head of worldwide distribution at Sony Pictures after four decades at the studio.
Sony does not plan to directly replace him. Bruer, who has deep ties with theater owners, will segue into an advisory role at the studio. Adrian Smith and Steven O’Dell will handle domestic and international distribution, respectively. They will report directly to Josh Greenstein, president of worldwide marketing and distribution.
“Though I knew in my heart that the time was right to begin to pull back, it’s hard to let go of a place that has been a part of my life for so long — so when they asked me to stay on as an advisor, I jumped at the chance,” Bruer wrote in a letter to staff. “Not everybody gets to begin this next chapter on their own terms, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity.”
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- Brent Lang
Hollywood’s real leading lady is telling all.
Sherry Lansing, the first woman to ever head a major movie studio, is the subject of Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker, a biography by Stephen Galloway that details her rise from struggling actress to Hollywood power player.
The Illinois native worked at MGM as a script reader and briefly worked at Columbia Pictures before becoming 20th Century Fox’s first female president in 1980. She then went on to become CEO of Paramount Pictures in 1992.
- Ale Russian
In just a couple of days the Summer blockbuster season will get a big jump-start (hey Spring’s not yet a month old) when those magnificent men (and women) in their flying “muscle-car” machines start spinning their wheels and defying gravity at the multiplex. As they rev their engines here’s a quiet little “heart-tugger’ about family and kids that stars a guy that usually helps usher in the big popcorn flicks as Marvel Studios’ patriotic powerhouse. Like many “swinging” singles from TV (“Family Affair”) and cinema (Raising Helen), he’s tackling unexpected parenthood after the tragic demise of the birth mother. And things get even more complicated, when (as in other recent films like Little Man Tate) the child is a genius, brainy, or as the title proclaims, Gifted.
- Jim Batts
Spending the better part of five years caught up in the meat-grinder gears of the superhero industrial complex has to do certain things to a director. Especially a director who started out making a handcrafted, small-scale bauble like 2009’s 500 Days of Summer. But Marc Webb has emerged from his pair of Andrew Garfield Spider-Man flicks in one piece—alive to tell the tale. Unfortunately, he should have held out for a better tale to tell.
- Chris Nashawaty
It’s been over two years since director Marc Webb finished his four-year run of revamping The Amazing Spider-Man for Sony Pictures, and some may not be surprised he decided to return to smaller character-driven films like his directorial debut (500) Days of Summer.
Written by Tom Flynn, Gifted is a movie that’s bigger for its emotions than it is for the type of CG-driven action we saw in Webb’s Spider-Man movies, although it does star another superhero, Captain America’s Chris Evans, playing Frank, the uncle and guardian of a 7-year-old girl named Mary (Mckenna Grace). Frank has been home-schooling Mary in their Florida trailer park home, but when she’s finally sent to public school, her teacher (Jenny Slate) discovers the girl’s amazing math skills.
- Edward Douglas
There is no filmmaker in the world more attuned to the complexities of family life than Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-eda. Consider the emotional upheaval that faces the parents and children of 2013’s Like Father, Like Son, or the relationship between the sisters of 2015’s Our Little Sister. Koreeda’s latest film following those two gems, After the Storm, continues his warm but ever-truthful gaze at what bonds people together. (Film Movement opens Storm on March 17 in New York and Los Angeles.)
Set against the backdrop of an approaching typhoon, Storm is the story of a failing author (Hiroshi Abe) struggling to pay his child support, and his attempts at rebuilding relationships with his son (Taiyo Yoshizawa) and ex-wife (Yoko Maki). As sweet and funny as the last two great Kore-eda films, Storm also has the sharp insight of earlier masterpieces like Nobody Knows and Still Walking.
Currently working on his next film, »
- Christopher Schobert
The Summer Is GoneOne of the greater pleasures of New Directors/New Films, the yearly collaboration in New York between the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Museum of Modern Art, is reveling in the mystery of emerging directors. Of course, many and most festivals have offerings from first (and second and third time) directors, but at none is this explicitly the point. When a minimum of information is offered, save for a brief bio, relinquished is the burden of pre-viewing research and any expectations that may arise from it. More prominent titles have been covered by the Notebook already, but here are highlights from around the globe, from directors not-yet-known, though hopefully for not much longer. The Summer Is Gone echoes the ghosts of Edward Yang by locating drama in a particular moment in history, wedding personal histories to political ones. Set in inner Mongolia, the film throws back to the ever-receding 90s, »
Celebrated author Robert James Waller has died at the age of 77. Take a look back at People’s 1995 cover story on Meryl Streep and her emotional role in the film adaptation of Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County.
In the final days of the five-week shoot of The Bridges of Madison County last fall, Meryl Streep did one of the many things she does better onscreen than anyone else: she cried. Filming an emotional scene in which her character struggles to say goodbye to her lover, the actress would show up on the set in Winterset, Iowa, at 9 in »
- People Staff
Jimmy Kimmel seems like he was practically made in a factory to be the ideal Oscars host. For his first time hosting the big show, he did an excellent job. His opening monologue targeted Matt Damon (of course), Mel Gibson, and pretty much everyone sitting in the front row. Throughout the show, he made fun of almost all the nominees and eventually brought it back to Matt Damon. Here are his best one-liners of the night! "I really hope the other guys from *Nsync were watching that performance because if they were, I think there's a really good chance they're going to let you back in the band." - After Justin Timberlake's performance "There's only one Braveheart in this room, and he's not gonna unite us either. You look great, I think the Scientology is working." - To Mel Gibson "He handed that part to his friend and took a Chinese ponytail movie. »
- Maggie Pehanick
The 89th annual Academy Awards have officially kicked off — and Jimmy Kimmel wasted no time in getting everyone laughing.
The host took over after Justin Timberlake‘s upbeat opening number to rib on Hollywood’s best and brightest. Kimmel predictably harped in on his bitter “rival” Matt Damon, as he pretended to put their long-running feud behind while actually continuing to insult him.
Another highlight came at the end when he referenced President Donald Trump’s tweets calling nominee Meryl Streep “overrated.” Kimmel remarked on Streep’s long career and her record-breaking 2o nominations before asking the actress to stand »
- Ale Russian
Jimmy Kimmel knows he can’t bring America together, but he tried on Sunday night via his Oscars opening monologue.
“I’m not the man to unite this country,” he said on stage, noting that there was only “one ‘Braveheart’ in the room and he’s not going to unite us either” (referring, of course, to controversial Mel Gibson).
But, he added, it can be done: “There are millions of people watching. If everyone of you took a minute to reach out and have a positive conversation – not as liberals or conservatives but as Americans, we could make America great again. It starts with us.”
From there, Kimmel quipped that it was time to bury the hatchet with his old nemesis, Matt Damon. “When I first met Matt I was the fat one,” he said, kicking off his “apology.” Damon, as a producer of “Manchester by the Sea,” could have starred in the Oscar-nominated film, »
- Michael Schneider
Meryl Streep was honored with the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards this year. The annual award is given for "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment," and past recipients include George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster, and Morgan Freeman. It comes as no surprise that Streep was chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as this year's recipient given the fact that she has been working in Hollywood for over 30 years, has an impressive award history, and has taken on a plethora of roles, including Joanna Kramer in 1979's Kramer vs. Kramer and Miranda Priestly in 2006's The Devil Wears Prada. Not to mention, Streep also holds a total of 30 Golden Globe nominations, making her the most nominated star in the show's history. In honor of her accomplishments (including her 2017 Oscar nomination!), we're taking a look at all the gold Streep has won over the years. »
- Monica Sisavat
The 2017 Academy Awards is gearing up to be quite the night to remember.
This year’s ceremony has already seen its fair share of records and firsts with its impressive list of Oscar nominations — and, believe it or not, more records could be set come Sunday night.
Take a look at the facts and figures of this year’s Oscars, with a little help from WalletHub.
This is the first year that black actors have been nominated in every category. They are Fences’ Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, Loving‘s Ruth Negga, and Moonlight‘s Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali
In particular, »
- Diana Pearl
Brooke Kennedy has produced hundreds of hours of television, much of it in New York City. But of all her experiences in the trenches, nothing quite compares to directing the first episode of “The Good Fight” at a Park Avenue location on the night of Nov. 8, as Donald Trump pulled off his stunning political upset in the presidential race.
As Christine Baranski and Delroy Lindo got to work on a particularly emotional scene in “The Good Wife” spinoff — which premieres Sunday on CBS All Access — Kennedy looked out and saw the darkness around the edges of the office-building set flecked with the blue-ish glow of smartphone screens.
“Everyone in the crew was on their phones, and you could start to read it on everybody’s face,” Kennedy recalls.
As horrified as Kennedy was on a personal level (she’s no Donald Trump fan), her first instinct was to protect the actors from the news to allow them »
- Cynthia Littleton
Filling out my Academy ballot this week, I find myself indulging in an exercise in Oscar futility: re-living my list of Oscar "should-haves." Brokeback Mountain should have won over Crash in 2005, Apocalypse Now over Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 and Et over Gandhi in 1982. The Academy is, well, the Academy, but some 683 new members have been added to the rolls this year representing a wider swath of experience and taste. Will future lists of nominees and winners reflect this… »
The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race The 2017 Oscar Nominees: Everything you need to know about the Best Actress race Adriana Floridia2/10/2017 11:36:00 Am
This year's Best Actress race is extremely competitive.
Some of our favourite performances couldn't secure the nomination, and it was simply because there were so many incredible female performances. We're sad that names like Annette Bening for 20th Century Women, Amy Adams for Arrival and Hailee Steinfeld for The Edge of Seventeen weren't among the nominees, but we also love the five nominated performances so much. Seriously, it was just a great year for women acting in film, and with the talent out there today, it's always going to be hard, and therefore even more of an honour, to land that Oscar nomination.
Though there's five women in the running here, the race has been pretty much narrowed down to two major threats. »
- Adriana Floridia
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