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Oscar statue (Courtesy: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
By: Carson Blackwelder
There was always a chance for the best picture category at the 2017 Academy Awards to feature solid representation for female producers and, with the nominations official, the numbers are in. Turns out there are five of the nine films in this year’s top category with women behind it — but how does that stand up to the rest of Oscar history?
As mentioned above, there are five out of the total nine films in the best picture category this year that took some girl power to get made. There’s Hell or High Water (Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn), Hidden Figures (Donna Gigliotti and Jenno Topping), Lion (Angie Fielder), Manchester by the Sea (Kimberly Steward and Lauren Beck), and finally Moonlight (Adele Romanski and Dede Gardner). This leaves out Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, and La La Land as »
- Carson Blackwelder
Author: Zehra Phelan
Back in mid-December filming wrapped on the forthcoming drama, The Wife. The film centres around writer Joan Castleman and the split from her Nobel Prize winning husband. In the starring role of the woman at the end of her tether is Glenn Close and below you can see the very first look image of Close in the role.
Related: Glen Close Interview on The Girl with All the Gifts.
Glenn Close, who has had a illustrious career to date with roles in Fatal Attraction, Damages, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, and the recent Guardians of the Galaxy. She stars alongside Jonathan Pryce (The Man Who Invented Christmas, Taboo, Game of Thrones, Listen Up Philip »
- Zehra Phelan
Janicza Bravo doesn’t like it when people say that “Lemon,” her feature film debut, is weird. The lauded short filmmaker and playwright co-wrote “Lemon” with her husband Brett Gelman, who also stars in the dark absurdist comedy that follows a perpetual loser whose life is only gets worse as he attempts to get over a bad breakup and an embarrassing career as a commercial actor. Packed with strange jokes, bizarre humor and unfathomable twists of fate, Bravo struggled to bring “Lemon” to the big screen.
She’s earned the opportunity. A theater director and actress by training, Bravo also has nine short films under her belt (including the 2013 Sundance Film Festival selection “Gregory Go Boom”), a host of festival awards, and a bent towards the possibilities of Vr in the entertainment space.
IndieWire sat down with Bravo after the film’s Sundance debut to talk about the feature’s »
- Kate Erbland
Presenting early results at Natpe – such as a motorbiker sicario attack in telenovela “Wounded Past” – Globo, Latin America’s biggest TV network, is driving into VFX to give larger action heft to its scripted fiction – and build its brand as a high-tech pacemaker in Latin America.
Variety has had access to the a video featuring the attack and Globo techies explanation of how it was staged. The push comes as Raphael Correa Netto, Globo’s international business director will now assume oversight off the whole division, taking over from Ricardo Scalamandre.
Starring Tarcisio Meira (“Gabriela”) and Regina Duarte (“Pages of Life”), “Wounded Past” is is fact not an action series but long-running, 130-episode second-chance-at-love telenovela, featuring two lovers, Pedro and Helo, treacherously separated in youth, who reunite 20 years later.
Aired in 9 pm primetime from last October, “Wounded Love” is in many ways a classic novela featuring “Love in its most varied forms, villainy »
- John Hopewell
4 items from 2017
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