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Kirsten Howard Jul 19, 2016
So far in this series of pieces that look at the straight-to-dvd or VOD movies of some of our favourite actors who have fallen on hard times, we’ve only looked at men (to date: Bruce Willis, Nicolas Cage, John Cusack and John Travolta). That’s because, mostly, actresses find themselves almost completely out of the game once they hit 30ish – an unnecessary full stop that a lot of us would like to see removed in the future.
Denise Richards, sadly, is no different. After marrying a man she found herself in an abusive relationship with, her career climb stumbled and she was forced back down into TV roles, where she’s currently still putting in the hours.
Richards had a sparkling, American Dream-like start in life. »
Popular discussions of Jean Renoir tend to highlight his most renowned titles from particular periods of his career, though his greatest contributions and considerable reputation rest mainly on a handful of iconic titles from the 1930s, such as his early masterpiece Boudu Saved From Drowning (1932, remade several times in French and English, including by Paul Mazursky with Slums of Beverly Hills), and Grand Illusion (1937, notably the very first entry in Criterion’s esteemed collection).
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- Nicholas Bell
In case you need a reminder how flush and competitive the TV landscape is at the moment: Netflix is spending $5 billion dollars on programming this year. So, if you want to keep pace, you have to throw down some cash, and that's exactly what their rivals Amazon are doing. Today it emerged that the online retailer is backing a whole new slate of feature films. From "Transparent" creator Jill Soloway (who is already brewing a new comedy for Amazon titled "I Love Dick"), the studio is developing “Ten Aker Wood,” a coming-of-age story about a woman who leaves her failing marriage and life on a pot farm, and falls in love a biker and his lifestyle. Tamara Jenkins (“The Savages,” “Slums of Beverly Hills”) is working on the drama “Private Life” about a woman in her 40s who will do anything to have a child. Meanwhile, Barry Levinson has a »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The film is billed as a coming-of-age story; it centers on a woman in a failing marriage who leaves Los Angeles to live on a pot farm in Northern California. There she falls in love with a biker and embraces an outlaw lifestyle.
Soloway isn’t the only high-profile director in the Amazon stable. The studio is also working on a Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) film about the Los Angeles comedy scene of the 1960s and ’70s. They’ve set up “Private Life,” a story about a woman in her 40s who goes to extremes to have a child, from Tamara Jenkins of “The Savages” and “Slums of Beverly Hills” fame. And they’re backing “Desired Moments,” a romantic-comedy-fantasy about a lonely TV station employee from director Tom Kuntz and writer Griffin Creech. »
- Brent Lang
Orange Is the New Black and American Horror Story have two of the most intense fan bases of any current TV shows, but what does it feel like to be on those shows? We recently caught up with Chloë Sevigny and Natasha Lyonne at the Sundance Film Festival, where they were promoting their drama, Antibirth, and they told us. "There's so much frenzy and attention over it," Sevigny said of Asylum, her first season on American Horror Story. "It hit such a zeitgeist. Old friends of mine on Facebook that are true weirdos loved it. I feel like there's a true weirdo audience across America that somehow are so seduced by that show." "They both have rabid fan bases that are really obsessive in kind of a fun way for us that I don't know that we've had so much of," said Lyonne, comparing Orange Is the New Black with FX's horror hit. »
- Maggie Pehanick
5 items from 2016
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