4 items from 2015
“Learning to Drive” is a women’s movie in the truest sense of the phrase.
Yes, the story of a middle-age divorcee’s unlikely bond with her driving instructor is firmly pitched at women of a certain age, but the term applies to more than its target audience. Both in front of and behind the camera, it is a picture made for women, by women and about women. In an industry that is still woefully behind the times when it comes to gender diversity, it’s a welcome corrective, but the decade-plus battle to make “Learning to Drive” also reveals the obstacles female filmmakers face.
“One of the biggest struggles we had was that most of the financing is male-oriented,” said producer Dana Friedman. “It was a drama, it wasn’t an action film, it wasn’t a thriller and it starred a woman. Getting a financier to understand the »
- Brent Lang
Sarah Kernochan has signed with Apa, Variety has learned.
The two-time Academy Award winner, who moves from Gersh, wrote “What Lies Beneath,” starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Her other feature writing credits include “9 ½ Weeks,” starring Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke, plus “Sommersby” with Richard Gere and Jodie Foster.
The writer, producer and director made her feature film directorial debut with 1998’s “All I Wanna Do,” which she also wrote.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
London — The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s leading film event, is to honor Richard Gere. The actor will receive the festival’s highest award, the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema.
The festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will open with Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” in which Gere plays a homeless person in today’s New York, whose only hope in an otherwise desperate existence is to try to find reconciliation with his long estranged daughter. Gere will be joined on the red carpet by Moverman and actress Jena Malone, who plays Johanna Mason in the “Hunger Games” franchise.
Among Gere’s standout movies cited by the festival include his breakthrough performances in Paul Schrader’s “American Gigolo” and Taylor Hackford’s “An Officer and a Gentleman,” which brought him his first nomination for a Golden Globe »
- Leo Barraclough
This week on Nashville, there was seemingly no problem that neither money nor misogyny couldn't solve.
The episode opens with Rayna calling Deacon from her private jet, telling him that she's off to find a new distribution deal. What she's really up to is trying to convince Deacon's estranged sister, Beverly, to cough up a liver for her brother. Through a series of flashbacks we learn that Beverly and Deacon's singing partnership was derailed by Rayna coming into the picture and that Beverly's jealousy runs deep. We also learn that »
4 items from 2015
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