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Two Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences governors told me that Academy board members are discussing whether Harvey Weinstein should continue as a member. An impromptu board meeting is expected sometime this week. It’s worth noting that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board of governors is now one-third female, with members who include Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Peirce, and Christina Kounelias.
This would be a stunning reversal: By the count of The Weinstein Company’s website, his companies earned 303 Oscar nominations and 75 wins over three decades. Harvey could be the butt of Oscar jokes, but historically was the second most-thanked person in acceptance speeches, after Steven Spielberg.
Read More:The Academy Board of Governors is Now 38% Female
Membership in the Academy is by invitation of the Board of Governors. It has the right to bestow and revoke memberships, but that’s rare. There are precedents for the Academy »
- Anne Thompson
Global Genes hosted the highly anticipated and globally-recognized 6th Annual Rare Tribute to Champions of Hope Awards and Rare Patient Advocacy Summit on September 14-16.
The weekend-long festivities culminated Saturday at the Tribute award program hosted at the City National Grove of Anaheim, where more than 700 patients, celebrities, advocacy leaders, biotech and pharmaceutical executives, healthcare professionals, philanthropists, and scientists came together to support the fight against rare disease. The heartfelt awards, presentations, and performances raised over $1.75 million for rare disease education, awareness, advocacy, and patient scholarships to access programs. Of the total funds raised, more than $75,000 was donated through an on-stage ask at the Saturday evening event in direct support for the Global Genes Rare Patient Impact Grant Program.
The weekend celebrations were a star-studded affair with celebrity award presenters and guests in attendance including Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), Madison McLaughlin (Supernatural, Arrow), Jillian Rose Reed (MTV’s »
The Performer | Paula Malcomson
The Show | Ray Donovan
The Episode | “Shelley Duvall” (Sept. 17, 2017)
The Performance | We’re still not happy with Ray Donovan for saddling Abby with terminal cancer, but damn if Malcomson’s tour-de-force performance isn’t providing us with one helluva silver lining. And that was especially true in Sunday’s episode, which found Abby at her most emotionally and physically vulnerable as the disease continued its lethal progression.
A remote ice-skating rink provided the setting for what would be Malcomson’s strongest work on the show to date, as Ray (Liev Schreiber) “bullied” his pale, withered other »
Online entertainment sites seem more concerned with the impact of Thursday night football on The Orville than anything else. Fox also re-launched Gotham against the Star Trek pastiche which is another reason why ratings may have bottomed out for MacFarlane’s creation. Whatever their arguments for moving it have no illusions this has anything to do with quality. Networks are strange and in the past some truly inspired television has been buried beneath cultural preoccupations. It would seem The Orville is no different.
MacFarlane has always been brave in his choice of topics and uses the position and clout he has attained to address contentious issues. Mixing it up in true Family Guy fashion what we get in The Orville episode three is a savage attack on the narrow-minded attitudes of some to gender conformity. There are some jokes mixed in »
The line-up for the 13th Annual New York Television Festival has been officially revealed for a choice week of screenings, educational panels, fan events, and red carpets premieres. This year, truTV will present a screening of “At Home With Amy Sedaris,” while Amy Sedaris herself makes an appearance to celebrate and discuss the launch of her new comedy series.
In addition, “The Deuce” executive producer and director Michelle MacLaren, executive producer Nina Kostoff-Noble, and VP of programming Kathleen McCaffrey will discuss the HBO’s series depiction of the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. Executive producer and talent Dana Gould, producer and talent John C. McGinley, and talent Janet Varney will also offer fans a behind-the-scenes look into thse second season of IFC’s comedy-horror series “Stan Against Evil.”
- Raelyn Giansanti
Stave off the government, save the world?
That is presumably the plan for Salvation’s Harris, Grace, Darius and Liam as CBS’ new summertime drama launches its freshman finale tonight at a special time, 10/9c. Having discovered that President MacKenzie was A) indeed targeted for assassination by a treasonous cabal but B) actually survived and has been holed away by trusted allies, Harris is getting in bed with the enemy (so to speak?) by cozying up to the White House chief of staff as part of a plan to overthrow newly installed President Bennett’s ruthless, asteroid-sympathetic regime and get »
In Hollywood, there is a long-running tradition of similar projects going into development or being released concurrently — think “Deep Impact” and “Armageddon,” “Capote” and “Infamous,” and even more recently, Jon Favreau’s “The Jungle Book” and Andy Serkis’s “Jungle Book: Origins.” So it goes then with the prolific workhorse Ridley Scott and his new effort “All The Money In The World” which is competing with Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy’s (the Oscar-winning team behind “Slumdog Millionaire” and “127 Hours”) new FX anthology series “Trust,” both of which will cover the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, heir to the Getty oil empire.
- Alex MacKay
Filmmakers and other celebrities were quick to pay tribute to the late director on social media.
Hooper’s fellow horror helmers including William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”), James Wan (“The Conjuring, “Saw”), Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”), John Carpenter (“Halloween,” “The Thing”) and Edgar Wright (“Shaun of the Dead”) honored their peer on Twitter.
“A kind, warm-hearted man who made the most terrifying film ever,” noted Friedkin. “A good friend I will never forget.”
See more reactions below:
- JD Knapp
London-based festival to open with Oh Lucy! with Josh Hartnett.
The 25th Raindance Film Festival (Sept 21 -Oct 2) has revealed the majority of its line-up and jury members.
The international premiere of Atsuko Hirayanagi’s Oh Lucy! (USA), starring Josh Hartnett, is the opening night film of the London-based event. The closing night film will be announced later this month.
The competition jury includes ex-bifa director Johanna Von Fischer, Spanish producer Rosa Bosch and actors Jamie Campbell Bower (Twilight), Jack O’Connell (Unbroken), Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones), Christopher Eccleston (Dr Who), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), Celia Imrie (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Training Day), Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses), Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Hotel Rwanda), Josh Whitehouse (Northern Soul), Neil Marshall (Game Of Thrones) and Rachel Portman (Chocolat).
They will preside over awards for a competition line-up that features the European premiere of Koichiro Miki’s Noise and the world premiere of Evald Johnson’s High & Outside: A Baseball »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
On the Basis of Sex: Felicity Jones (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, above) will star as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in On the Basis of Sex. Natalie Portman had previously been touted for the role. The movie will focus on Ginsburg and her continuing fight for equal rights over the years. Mimi Leder (Deep Impact) will direct, with production aiming to get underway in September. [Deadline] Secret Movie: Reportedly, Steven Soderbergh (Logan Lucky) has made a movie in secret, shooting the footage with an iPhone. Claire Foy (TV's The Crown, above) and Juno Temple star. According to rumor, the movie is titled Unsane, though no plot details have been revealed. [The Tracking Board/Variety] Deadpool 2: Ryan Reynolds shared a photo of himself with...
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- Peter Martin
Our sister site Deadline has exclusively reported that Felicity Jones will play the starring role as Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the upcoming film “On the Basis of Sex,” which will be directed by Mimi Leder, whose previous credits include the films “The Peacemaker” and “Deep Impact” as well as “ER” and “The Leftovers.” This will […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
According to Deadline, Rogue One star Felicity Jones has signed on to play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s On The Basis Of Sex. The movie sounds like a biopic about Ginsburg and the sexism she has faced in her career, with the Deadline story saying it focuses on the “numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights.” Mimi Leder was the director behind Pay It Forward and Deep Impact, but in recent years she’s focused more on TV, working on The Leftovers—which she also produced—and Shameless.
As for the real Ginsburg, she was the second woman appointed to the Supreme Court, and her judicial career has largely been about fighting for the advancement of women’s rights. Basically, she wasn’t as instrumental in blowing up the Death Star as Jones’ Jyn Erso was, but she’s no less of a badass. »
- Sam Barsanti
Oscar nominee and “Star Wars” heroine Felicity Jones is jumping back into prestige pictures with a hot property all about one of modern America’s most notable female leaders. Deadline reports that Jones will star as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis of Sex,” based on Daniel Stiepleman’s Black List script of the same name.
Per the outlet, “the drama follows the travails of Ginsburg as she faced numerous obstacles to her fight for equal rights throughout her career.” It it set to shoot in Montreal in September. Stiepleman’s script was an entry on the 2014 Black List of most liked unproduced scripts.
Read MoreFelicity Jones Explains Why the ‘Rogue One’ Team Insisted Her Costume Wasn’t Sexualized
- Kate Erbland
Sometimes, reboots can be a good thing. Such is the case with one of modern cinema’s most unexpectedly rich and rewarding (and unique) blockbuster franchises, the effectively rejiggered “Planet of the Apes,” which used the bones of a beloved classic to craft a series that continually stands out on its own merits. Three movies in, and the Fox franchise has become a thinking-fans summer movie delight, bolstered by eye-popping special effects and a reworked mythology that pays homage to the originals while pushing onward.
With last week’s “War for the Planet of the Apes” opening at the number one spot at the box office amidst a slew of stellar reviews, it’s only understandable that fans are eager for more adventures within the world. And while the third film in the trilogy could easily function as the final chapter in the story, there’s plenty more to tell. »
- Kate Erbland
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We’ve already had the release of Churchill, starring Brian Cox. A film that without Brian Cox in it would have been a pretty forgettable movie. Director Joe Wright is next to have a go, though, with Darkest Hour, which lands in cinemas later this year. Well, that’s if you’re in the Us. Us in the UK have to wait until January 12th 2018, which sort »
There’s a point in “Salvation,” CBS’ newest summer sci-fi offering, where one of the series’ two geniuses runs down all the obstacles that currently stand in the way of them saving all of humanity from the impending asteroid hurtling toward Earth. The series’ other genius reacts not with a calming response or even a clear solution, but instead with a quip: “If Superman caught the villain on page two, what fun would that be?”
That’s certainly an understandable argument for the sake of storytelling; after all, the writers only have 13 episodes (so far) to tell the story of an asteroid that’s six months away from destroying all of humanity. The problem is, “Salvation” quickly proves itself to lack a key point in that quip: Fun.
- LaToya Ferguson
There is a giant asteroid on a collision course with Earth, and Jennifer Finnigan couldn’t be more thrilled. “I’m like a major superfan of this show right now,” the actress says of CBS’ Salvation, which touches down on your TV screen this Wednesday at 9/8c.
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In this new serving of summertime fare, an MIT grad student (played by Red Band Society‘s Charlie Rowe) discovers that an asteroid is set to collide with our planet in 186 days. As he allies with tech billionaire Darius Tanz (Heroes‘ Santiago Cabrera) and the U. »
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is one of the best superhero movies since Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” proving that when it comes to the friendly, neighborhood wall crawler, the third time is the charm.
By rebooting Peter Parker’s story while our protagonist is still in high school, the new “Spider-Man” revels in the innocent fun of being a hero, a welcome antidote to a host of comic book films that have become overly dour and self-serious. Call it the Nolan effect. Ever since his “The Dark Knight” series dug for parallels with the Iraq War and other global tragedies, comic book movies have followed suit. In the process they’ve killed the joy — and the humor — that used to be part of suiting up in spandex.
It didn’t used to be this way. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s and even ’90s, comic book films usually didn’t rely so heavily on mass destruction. There »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
“Portlandia” remains one of television’s most oddball series, committed both to the craft of filmmaking as well as the absurdist notions of executive producers Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen and Jonathan Krisel. The show has always been a labor of love for its creators, one in which they’ve been involved intimately since the beginning. Brownstein in particular stepped up for Season 7, directing two episodes for the first time, in addition to writing and acting.
Before IndieWire got on the phone with Brownstein, she sent over a list of her five favorite sketches, two of which were part of episodes she directed. We discussed what went into the making of each episode, with Brownstein revealing why she prefers not to be in sketches she’s directing, the surprising depth of empathy she has for the characters she plays (even the Men’s Rights Activist) and how she didn’t mind the way in which one of her favorite sketches overlapped with a recent episode of “Black Mirror.”
Hotel Room Explanation, “The Storytellers” (Episode 1)
“I think we always relish having someone with the nimbleness of Vanessa on the show. We’ve been so fortunate to work with some of the best improvisers and comedians around them. Vanessa is one of those really brilliant performers — she and Fred have an innate chemistry together from being friends in real life and working together on ‘Saturday Night Live.’
“When I’m directing, I really enjoy not being in the scene — that allows me to really focus on performances and composition. You know, see it from a more holistic perspective. It was an incredible joy to watch them in that scene.”
How much footage did they actually shoot? “We could have made a six-part television series just from the footage we had. We really like the simple set-ups, because it allows more time for performance. When the sketches are more location-based or require more technical camerawork or choreography, the performers don’t get to delve as intensely into the scene and there’s not as much room for tangents or improvisation. But in a situation like this, we are basically just setting up the cameras and letting these people explore these characters and explore the scene.”
What About Men?, “Carrie Dates a Hunk” (Episode 2)
Men’s rights activists Drew (Armisen) and Andy (Brownstein) sing a ballad protesting their oppressed status as straight white men. Director: Jonathan Krisel.
“A big thing of the season was this notion of masculinity and gender. I think they were two themes that we explored in a variety of permutations. And we were thinking a lot about people who come into this world assuming a certain amount of privilege and inheritance and cultural relevance, and seeing themselves as the center of a narrative that’s kind of been written for them throughout history.
“There are these two guys who suddenly don’t see themselves in a society that’s slowly changing — the dismantling of the binary, moving towards an examination of the patriarchy. So we wanted to have these characters who felt a fragility within that environment and were lashing out against it. So they kind of came into fruition last year because we wanted to explore some of those themes.
On the casting of the video’s extras, who perfectly embody who you might expect to identify as a Mra: “We very explicitly want very real people. We’re not casting for good looks, we’re casting for people who are interesting in their authentic selves and embrace the kind of weirdness we want from them.
“We have an amazing casting director who is local and he really has an acumen for pulling from the local pool of talent. Simon Max Hill is wonderful and we have an extras casting guy, Adam Rosko, who is also great. We really rely on them for filling out the world of the show and yeah, that video is a good example of really nailing our requests.”
That said, they don’t think of the casting in terms of stereotypes. “I think you start getting into trouble when you start to assume what [an Mra] looks like. I think when we were talking about those sketches in general, we were realizing through anecdotal evidence that a lot of the men in our lives were also feeling vulnerable, sort of as if they were willing to admit it because culturally we are shifting away from perhaps white straight male dominance. It wasn’t just the alt-right guys online, it was people we knew, who were just having to reconsider their own lives and position.”
Massage Chair, “Fred’s Cell Phone Company” (Episode 3)
Lance (Brownstein) gets trapped in a massage chair purchased for him by Nina (Armisen). Director: Carrie Brownstein.
Was acting from a confined position easy or tough? “It means focusing the faculties you have with which to communicate, creating a whole language with tics and your eyes. Those of us who are able-bodied are able to compensate for nuance and misunderstandings with our hands and with our body language. So it does become a different kind of communication tool, when you don’t use your entire body.
“I had already mapped out Lance’s Pov, combining a ‘Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ or a ‘Misery’ kind of aesthetic. There was a little bit of a challenge to direct, because I was limited to this one sphere and I didn’t have as much of a sense of the scene, because I was stuck in one single place.”
Men’s Film Festival, “Friend Replacement” (Episode 6)
Men’s rights activists Drew and Andy return to host a festival celebrating the under-recognized achievements of men in film. Director: Jonathan Krisel.
On playing two different characters who happen to be men: “They are two very different characters, so I approach them differently. I don’t want them to be a caricature. Lance is of course a broader character and we try to focus on a little more on his fallibility and vulnerability… I don’t really approach it too much from a gender perspective. It’s just, ‘Who is this person and how much can I say about his humor?’
“We had a lot of fun writing that sketch and just coming up with alternatives for film titles that they wanted to see or remakes that they were afraid of. It was interesting in the wake of the ‘Wonder Woman’ release and all of the screenings that happened — just seeing the backlash against that.”
What other filmmakers were mentioned in alternate takes? “I think Barry Levinson, there might have been a little bit more Michael Bay. There was a shoutout to Anthony Scalia, the former Supreme Court judge there.”
Why so much mention of Kathryn Bigelow? “For so long, she was the go-to female director — like, no one could conjure another name. So we were sort of playing with that.”
Passenger Rating Pt. 1, “Passenger Rating” (Episode 9)
Carrie (Brownstein) is having trouble with her rating on a ride sharing service. Director: Steve Buscemi.
“This one stems partially from that feeling that the sharing economy or the gig economy requires a certain level of performance. We were just thinking about how that can really become awkward.”
How it relates to the “Black Mirror” episode “Nosedive,” starring Bryce Dallas Howard: “That ‘Black Mirror’ episode came out after we had filmed ours, but we hadn’t aired yet. It was really interesting to watch — there was only a couple of degrees of separation between the two, and both explore something so simple and innocent-seeming as a rating system, a desire to be liked. That need for likability can turn dark. Ours explores the same themes, without the sort of craziness of that show. But I am such a big fan of ‘Black Mirror.'”
What to Expect from Season 8
As of writing, production has begun on the final season of “Portlandia.” “We’re going into a season where the theme is, not surprisingly, anxiety. There’s an anxiety and sense of isolation that permeates a lot of the sketches this year, all through the absurdist lens of the show. But as we sat back and looked at the board in the writers’ room, we realized living in a state of constant uncertainty had really permeated the show.”
How does that connect to this being the last season? “I think in some ways it’s coincidental, but in some ways it helps our cause, because as we wind down we didn’t want to make any sort of big, sweeping statements. But there’s definitely an onus. People expect closure.”
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- Liz Shannon Miller
One of the earliest and most foreboding images in Churchill comes as a put-upon Prime Minister stands by the sea. As the tides gently roll in, his famous Homburg hat blows into the water and when he bends down to retrieve it, the tide appears to him to be reddened with blood. Regrettably, it's the first and last cinematic beat in a film that puts its lead character's inner turmoil upfront.
It's June 1944, and Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) cuts a less impressive figure than he did when he was inspiring the people of Britain as they came under attack from Nazi forces years earlier. In fact, he finds himself listing in the margins of an Allied high command led by Dwight D. Eisenhower (John Slattery) as they plan Operation Overlord and the Dunkirk landings. »
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