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Patty Jenkins and Geena Davis Named Keynoters at Women in Entertainment Summit

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Two Wonder Women are set to deliver keynotes at the the upcoming third annual Women in Entertainment Summit: record-breaking “Wonder Woman” helmer herself, Patty Jenkins, and Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis, the founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Deadline reports that the Summit will take place in La November 2 and “gathers women and men who are dedicated to celebrating the empowerment of women in all areas of the entertainment industry.” The event sees those working across film, television, and sports coming together for keynotes, panel discussions, and Q&A chats working towards gender equality across media.

“The summit is designed to address a range of issues that affect women; topics include the rise of women’s leadership, how storytelling can impact social change, and empowering the next generation of women creatives,” the source writes.

Jenkins made box office history with “Wonder Woman.” The Gal Gadot-led superhero film has grossed over $821 million worldwide, making it the highest grossing live-action film ever directed by a woman. Jenkins has signed on to co-write and direct the sequel, currently dated for December 13, 2019. Her deal to continue Diana Prince’s story, said to be in the high seven figures, somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range with considerable backend of revenue, makes her the highest-paid female filmmaker ever. Her other credits include “Monster” and episodes of “Arrested Development” and “The Killing.”

Davis won an Oscar in 1989 for “The Accidental Tourist” and received a nod in 1992 for “Thelma & Louise,” the latter of which is widely recognized as a game-changing film for its depiction of female characters. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004 “to engage, educate, and influence content creators, marketers, and audiences about the importance of eliminating unconditional bias, highlighting gender balance, challenging stereotypes, creating role models, and scripting a wide variety of strong female characters in entertainment and media that targets and influences children ages 11 and under,” according to the non-profit’s website.

Other attendees at this year’s summit include “13th” director Ava DuVernay, “Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig, “Mudbound” co-writer-director Dee Rees, and DreamWorks Animation head of Television Margie Cohn.

Patty Jenkins and Geena Davis Named Keynoters at Women in Entertainment Summit was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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The Gumball Rally

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!

The Gumball Rally

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1976 / Color / 2:40 widescreen / 107 min. / Street Date June 13, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Michael Sarrazin, Raul Julia, Norman Burton, Gary Busey, John Durren, Susan Flannery, Harvey Jason, Steven Keats,

Tim McIntire, Joanne Nail, J. Pat O’Malley, Tricia O’Neil, Nicholas Pryor, Vaughn Taylor, Wally Taylor, Colleen Camp, Lazaro Perez, Med Flory, Lauren Simon, .

Cinematography: Richard C. Glouner

Film Editors: Stuart H. Pappé Gordon Scott, Maury Wintrobe

Original Music: Dominic Frontiere

Written by Chuck Bail,
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The Accidental Tourist, Seven Days in May, Tough Guys, The Paradine Case: Jim Hemphill’s Home Video Picks

One of the best American films of the 1980s, Lawrence Kasdan’s achingly beautiful and delicate The Accidental Tourist is now available on Blu-ray courtesy of the Warner Archive label. Adapted from a novel by Anne Tyler, The Accidental Tourist tells the story of Macon Leary (William Hurt in one of the great screen performances in history), a travel guide writer whose entire life is geared toward circumventing experience rather than embracing it; his books are for business travelers who want to avoid feeling as if they’ve ever left home. Macon’s insular nature is exacerbated by the tragic death of his son, […]
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The Accidental Tourist

Is it a modern classic? I think so. Lawrence Kasdan’s best movie embraces characters often lampooned or dismissed, or stereotyped as kooks — introverts, extroverts, people trying to make personal connections and those trying to avoid them. William Hurt finds his best role and Geena Davis won an Oscar for hers; thirty years later the entire cast feel like beloved friends.

The Accidental Tourist

Blu-ray

The Warner Archive Collection

1988 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 121 min. / Street Date May 8, 2017 / Available from the The Warner Archive Collection Movies Store 29.95

Starring: William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Geena Davis, Amy Wright, David Ogden Stiers, Ed Begley Jr., Bill Pullman.

Cinematography: John Bailey

Production Designer: Bo Welch

Film Editor: Carol Littleton

Original Music: John Williams

Written by Frank Galatiand Lawrence Kasdan

from the book by Anne Tyler

Produced by Phyllis Carlyle, Michael Grillo, Lawrence Kasdan, John Malkovich, Charles Okun

Directed by Lawrence Kasdan

Some of my favorite movies
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Bentonville Film Festival Is in a ‘League’ of Its Own

Bentonville Film Festival Is in a ‘League’ of Its Own
Heading into year three May 2-7, the Bentonville Film Festival, co-founded by Geena Davis and Arc Entertainment CEO Trevor Drinkwater, continues to distinguish itself as a fest not only invested in promoting the ideals of gender equality and cultural diversity, but also as a launching pad for burgeoning artists to distribute their big- and small-screen projects.

“Our three winners — winners of the best narrative selected by jury, best family film and audience award categories — will receive guaranteed distribution, and that’s because of our partners,” says Davis, founder and chair of the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. “That means their films will be on screen in AMC theaters, on TV on either Lifetime or Starz or one of our other TV partners, on Vudu for digital, and they’ll be on DVDs in Walmart. We’re the only one in the world who offers that, and we
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Entertainment Education: 30 Stellar Film Schools in 2017

Variety picks 30 stellar academies in the U.S. and abroad:

Altos de Chavon Film School

Dominican Republic

The La Romana film school is a two-year program in audiovisual media, offering both theoretical and practical study in screenwriting, film production, animation techniques, digital post-production and design. The school integrates its other disciplines — fine art, fashion and visual communication — into the film studies program to provide a broader perspective of artistic and cultural images.

Boston University

Boston

Entering the second year of offering its pioneering Mfa in cinema and media production, Boston University’s Department of Film and Television at its College of Communication promotes a collaborative team approach focused on developing, prepping and shooting a thesis project, aimed at preparing students for the creative collaboration they will experience in the professional sphere.

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia, Calif.

CalArts boasts a list of distinguished alumni, including Tim Burton, Brenda Chapman,
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Beauty vs Beast: Make News Not War

Jason from Mnpp here - I didn't take my lead on this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" from Nathaniel's "On This Day" post earlier but it's not a surprise that we'd both want to mark the 67th birthday of William Hurt with an acknowledgment of Broadcast News, because I think any sane person will snatch the chance to talk about Broadcast News when it's offered. I did actually contemplate a couple other of Hurt's performances for a minute - maybe Body Heat or The Accidental Tourist? But he's made a career of making the women across from him shine and I knew Kathleen Turner & Geena Davis would dominate those conversations...

... as would Holly Hunter, which is also why we're keeping her out of this even though it's Holly's birthday today too. Sorry, Holly! You'd win way too hard.

But does Hurt stand a chance against Albert Brooks' sweaty sidekick Aaron?
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How Metacritic Can Sink a Contender’s Oscar Chances, and How Critics’ Groups Fight Back

How Metacritic Can Sink a Contender’s Oscar Chances, and How Critics’ Groups Fight Back
Last night, the Gotham Awards pushed momentum toward “Moonlight,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Manchester By the Sea,” and acting winners Casey Affleck and French star Isabelle Huppert. Next to weigh in: the critics’ groups.

In the review aggregation era, it’s rare for any movie to land a Best Picture nomination without scoring at least 70 on Metacritic; most Oscar winners rank in the 80s and 90s. Critics’ awards can have a huge impact on awards prospects; their spotlights have the power to make movies float to the top of Oscar voters’ screener piles. It’s a fair bet that French star Marion Cotillard has the New York Film Critics Circle to thank for scoring her unexpected Best Actress nomination in 2015 for the Dardennes Bros.’ French-language “Two Days, One Night.”

This week, first up is the National Board of Review, which weighs in today. Tomorrow, November 30, Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” screens for the Nyfcc,
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How Metacritic Can Sink a Contender’s Oscar Chances, and How Critics’ Groups Fight Back

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How Metacritic Can Sink a Contender’s Oscar Chances, and How Critics’ Groups Fight Back
Last night, the Gotham Awards pushed momentum toward “Moonlight,” “O.J.: Made in America,” “Manchester By the Sea,” and acting winners Casey Affleck and French star Isabelle Huppert. Next to weigh in: the critics’ groups.

In the review aggregation era, it’s rare for any movie to land a Best Picture nomination without scoring at least 70 on Metacritic; most Oscar winners rank in the 80s and 90s. Critics’ awards can have a huge impact on awards prospects; their spotlights have the power to make movies float to the top of Oscar voters’ screener piles. It’s a fair bet that French star Marion Cotillard has the New York Film Critics Circle to thank for scoring her unexpected Best Actress nomination in 2015 for the Dardennes Bros.’ French-language “Two Days, One Night.”

This week, first up is the National Board of Review, which weighs in today. Tomorrow, November 30, Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” screens for the Nyfcc,
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‘Marjorie Prime’ Exclusive Teaser: Lois Smith And Jon Hamm Star In New Sci-Fi Drama About Artificial Intelligence

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‘Marjorie Prime’ Exclusive Teaser: Lois Smith And Jon Hamm Star In New Sci-Fi Drama About Artificial Intelligence
Jordan Harrison’s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play “Marjorie Prime” explores what happens when artificial intelligence enters the home and tries to aid us. It follows the 86-year-old Marjorie (played by Lois Smith in the first production), whose mind routinely falls into confusion and fading memories. But then she acquires a handsome new companion who resembles her late husband and is programmed to tell her the story of her life. The question is, “What would you remember, if given the chance?” Now director Michael Almereyda (“Experimenter”) will adapt Harrison’s play to the screen with Smith reprising the title role and Jon Hamm (“Mad Men”) as Marjorie’s new companion. The film also stars Geena Davis (“The Accidental Tourist”) and Tim Robbins (“Mystic River”). Watch an exclusive teaser for the film below.

Read More: 6 Career Paths Jon Hamm Should Consider After ‘Mad Men

Smith is best known for his long, illustrious theatrical career,
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Crimes of Passion

Flamboyant artist Ken Russell was eventually sidelined for what the industry calls 'excess,' but he was a genuine artist, as indicated by this, his last American film. Absolutely beyond the pale in terms of polite viewing, it's by turns awkward and insightful, profane... and more profane. Crimes of Passion Blu-ray + DVD Arrow Video (UK) 1984 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 112, 107 min. / Street Date July 12, 2016 / Available from Amazon UK 39.95 Starring Kathleen Turner, Anthony Perkins, Annie Potts, Bruce Davidson, John Laughlin. Cinematography Dick Bush China Blue's dress Ruth Myers Original Music Rick Wakeman Written and Produced by Barry Sandler Directed by Ken Russell

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

What separates exploitation trash from progressive film art? They say it's an artist's vision, and Ken Russell certainly has plenty of that. I can admire Russell's house brand of outrageousness but I also find much of his work just too fussy, too indulgent. He's excellent when trying
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Canine out of 10? Match the dog to the movie – quiz

As Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog barks its message of puppy love to cinemas this week, how well do you know other movie mutts?

Nil by Mouth

Layer Cake

Snatch

Trainspotting

There's Something About Mary

Room

Silver Linings Playbook

San Andreas

Bowfinger

Couples Retreat

Scary Movie 2

Spy Hard

The Accidental Tourist

Shallow Hal

The Jerk

Moonstruck

Suspiria

Don't Look Now

The Omen

Scanners

The Campaign

The Artist

Movie 43

Zoolander 2

The Family

Empire State

In Bruges

Only Lovers Left Alive

Stand By Me

Gremlins

Lethal Weapon 2

The Lost Boys

Tootsie

Short Circuit

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

The War of the Roses

The Grapes of Wrath

Bringing Up Baby

High Sierra

Rebecca

7 and above.

Top dog

4 and above.

That was ruff

0 and above.

Beethoven's last

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Susan Sarandon: Oscar Campaigns Are Out of Control

Susan Sarandon: Oscar Campaigns Are Out of Control
Susan Sarandon thinks that the Oscar race has gone off the rails.

“We need campaign finance reform,” said Sarandon. “The campaigns are so enormous…it’s as long as a presidential campaign.”

Sarandon said that the money required to orchestrate this kind of grueling, months-long trek to awards glory, is turning the Academy Awards into a case of haves and have nots. There are festivals to fly to, dinners to host, and hands to press all over the country if an actor wants to have a chance of mounting the stage at the Dolby.

“People have to be available for months and someone has to pay for that,” she noted.

Sarandon’s comments came at a Variety panel during the Cannes Film Festival. The actress, an Oscar-winner for 1995’s “Dead Man Walking,” was joined by Geena Davis, who picked up a best supporting actress statue in 1988 for “The Accidental Tourist.
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Nia Vardalos, Meg Ryan, Geena Davis Talk Sexism in Hollywood

Nia Vardalos, Meg Ryan, Geena Davis Talk Sexism in Hollywood
Working together on “Tootsie,” Dustin Hoffman gave Geena Davis wise career advice that she has followed ever since.

“One of the things he told me was ‘Work on getting your own material. Read books. Read articles, get the rights,’” says Davis. “So from the very beginning that was in my mind. In fact, I tried to get the rights to ‘The Accidental Tourist’ when I read it and somebody bought the rights a long time ago and I was so bummed because I thought somebody is going to get to play that part.”

Davis, of course, ultimately did get to play that role in Lawrence Kasdan’s 1988 drama, ‘The Accidental Tourist,’ winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress.

But snagging an Oscar didn’t preclude Davis from encountering sexism in Hollywood, a topic up for discussion at Friday’s “In Control of Her Own Destiny” panel held during the second annual Bentonville Film Festival,
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Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer: the On-Set Drama Behind the Landmark Oscar-Winning Film

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Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer: the On-Set Drama Behind the Landmark Oscar-Winning Film
Actors have difficult moments making films all the time, but news that Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman feuded on the set of Kramer vs. Kramer is a far bigger deal. We're talking about two of the most respected actors of their generations, with 26 Oscar nominations between them (her: 19; him: 7). When you're dealing with two Hollywood and Broadway heavyweights of that caliber, it sounds like a real-life clash of the titans. But it's important to remember that in 1978, it just wasn't that way. In the adaptation of his upcoming biography, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, published by Vanity Fair, author Michael Schulman
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Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer: the On-Set Drama Behind the Landmark Oscar-Winning Film

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Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman in Kramer vs. Kramer: the On-Set Drama Behind the Landmark Oscar-Winning Film
Actors have difficult moments making films all the time, but news that Meryl Streep and Dustin Hoffman feuded on the set of Kramer vs. Kramer is a far bigger deal. We're talking about two of the most respected actors of their generations, with 26 Oscar nominations between them (her: 19; him: 7). When you're dealing with two Hollywood and Broadway heavyweights of that caliber, it sounds like a real-life clash of the titans. But it's important to remember that in 1978, it just wasn't that way. In the adaptation of his upcoming biography, Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep, published by Vanity Fair, author Michael Schulman
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Lawrence Kasdan on the past, present and future of Han Solo

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Lawrence Kasdan isn't afraid to play favorites. For him, Han Solo is it.

He didn't create the scruffy-looking smuggler. He hadn't even heard the lore that George Lucas partially based Han on Francis Ford Coppola. But it was Kasdan who helped fully realize Star Wars' favorite scoundrel when he stepped in to write The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

"He's reckless, he's feckless," Kasdan said in a recent interview. "He's cynical. He's tough. He's pragmatic. He's not that smart. I like that. He's the most fun."

In fact, it was the character of Han that made him consider coming back to the world of Star Wars in the first place. When Kathleen Kennedy called him up in 2012 to tell him that she was taking over Lucasfilm and that they were planning to make more Star Wars films, Kasdan took the meeting of course, but wasn't certain
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Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Announces Lifetime Achievement Nominees

Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Announces Lifetime Achievement Nominees
In a bit of a change of pace from the usual winners-announced-in-advance, gold-watch “lifetime achievement” baubles you get this time of year, the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild will pit a number of established artists against each other, with the winners to be honored at its annual awards gala.

Announced today, nominees in the make-up category are: Bernadine Anderson (a longtime key artist for Jane Fonda who also worked with Eddie Murphy on films like “Coming to America” and “Vampire in Brooklyn”); Leonard Engelman (a key artist for actors like Cher and Val Kilmer in his time who also worked on films like “The Accidental Tourist” and How the Grinch Stole Christmas”); Ve Neill (a three-time Oscar winner and eight-time nominee for films like “Beetlejuice,” “Mrs. Doubtfire” and “Ed Wood”); Maurice Stein (a 50-year vet of films such as “Planet of the Apes” and “Friday the 13th”); and Michael Westmore
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Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’ Should Have Been an Oscar Contender

Michael Mann’s ‘Heat’ Should Have Been an Oscar Contender
With a pair of legendary leading men never before seen on screen together, a December release date in the thick of awards season and a modern crimescape narrative that became an instant classic, Michael Mann’s “Heat” probably should have been up for a slew of Oscars. Somehow, that didn’t happen.

Warner Bros. was coming off an impressive Oscar streak in 1995, with films like “The Accidental Tourist,” “Dangerous Liaisons,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Goodfellas,” “JFK,” “Unforgiven” and “The Fugitive” doing a lot to bolster the company’s archives. This particular year brought an interesting assortment of films to play with: Clint Eastwood’s “Bridges of Madison County,” Marc Rocco’s “Murder in the First” with a dynamite performance by Kevin Bacon, etc. Yet the film which netted the most nominations for the studio was summer tentpole “Batman Forever.”

But “Heat” should have been all over the place. Nominations for best
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Lawrence Kasdan Discusses Star Wars: The Force Awakens And Updates On Lando Calrissian

Lawrence Kasdan may not be the most visible presence in Hollywood, but he is responsible for writing some of the most significant pieces of cinema in modern times – and has four Oscar nominations to prove it. Besides dramatic work, such as The Big Chill, The Accidental Tourist and Grand Canyon, Kasdan wrote the screenplays for Raiders Of The Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi. He is also co-writing Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and is involved in further Star Wars projects going forward – so when Lawrence Kasdan chooses to discuss with Vanity Fair the way the new Star Wars movie is shaping up, everybody sits up and listens.

“This new movie, first of all, it’s turning out really great. J.J directed it so beautifully, and it’s so exhilarating and everything. It’s a big movie. It’s full of wonderful stuff,
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