5 items from 2017
Alex Pettyfer, the British star of “Magic Mike,” “Endless Love” and last year’s “Elvis & Nixon,” is set to make his directorial debut with “Back Roads,” a murder mystery in which he will also star opposite Jennifer Morrison and Juliette Lewis.
Based on the 1999 debut novel of the same name by American author Tawni O’Dell, “Back Roads” tells the story of Harley Altmyer (Pettyfer), who finds himself caring for his three younger sisters following the death of their abusive father and imprisonment of their mother for his murder. Altmyer’s life takes a dangerous turn when he develops a relationship with a married mother of two and a series of staggering family secrets threatens to consume him. Eventually he finds himself the »
- Robert Mitchell
Joseph Cedar for his latest film (his previous two having been Oscar-nominated) has assembled an outstanding cast - Lior Ashkenazi, Harris Yulin, Hank Azaria, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, and Isaach De Bankolé - to work with Richard Gere in Norman: The Moderate Rise And Tragic Fall Of A New York Fixer.
Meeting me for breakfast, the director spoke about Gere's films - Rob Marshall's Chicago, Adrian Lyne's Unfaithful, and Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind and The Dinner, screening at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. An aside to Terry Jones's Monty Python's Life Of Brian »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
“Driving is the only way to see a country,” Anne (Diane Lane) is told in a new trailer for “Paris Can Wait.” She and her husband (Alec Baldwin) are visiting Cannes from the U.S., but unforeseen circumstances lead to Anne embarking on a two-day road trip from Cannes to Paris with her husband’s business associate, Jacques (Arnaud Viard). The romantic comedy marks writer-director Eleanor Coppola’s first foray into feature narrative filmmaking
Based on the trailer, spending time with Jacques is a refreshing change of pace for Anne, who has grown accustomed to her self-involved, perpetually distracted husband. Jacques encourages her to slow down and savor the food, scenery, and architecture that France has to offer.
It’s unclear whether or not a romance develops between Anne and Jacques, but their connection is strong enough to make her husband feel threatened. “Don’t forget — he’s a Frenchman,” he says of Jacques when Anne mentions that they are spending the night at a hotel together. And it seems as though his fears are justified. “Are you happy?” Jacques asks Anne at dinner. “We have a good marriage,” she says. He insists, “That’s not what I asked you. Are you happy?”
Lane received a Best Actress Oscar nomination in 2003 for “Unfaithful,” a drama about a woman whose marriage is derailed when she begins an affair. Her recent credits include “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “Trumbo,” and “Inside Out.”
“Paris Can Wait” made its world premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. You can catch it in theaters beginning May 12. Watch the trailer to check out Anne’s amazing, indulgent trip.
Trailer Watch: Diane Lane Takes the Trip of a Lifetime in Eleanor Coppola’s “Paris Can Wait” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
On March 21, 1990, Touchstone Pictures previewed “Pretty Woman” at the Avco Westwood near UCLA, two days before its national launch. Variety columnist Army Archerd reported that laughter drowned out much of the dialogue and young Julia Roberts “is headed for heavy stardom.” In retrospect, that seems like a pretty safe prediction, but Roberts was not well known when she was cast in the film. (She had completed her role as Sally Fields’ daughter in “Steel Magnolias,” but the film hadn’t been released yet). Roberts was only cast in “Pretty Woman” after numerous other actresses had passed on the role, including Meg Ryan, Karen Allen, Molly Ringwald, Diane Lane and Michelle Pfeiffer.
And the project began with a much darker tone; in J.F. Lawton’s original screenplay, streetwalker Vivian (Roberts) agrees to give up cocaine for her week with banker Edward (Richard Gere), but at the end he dumps her back »
- Tim Gray
2016 movies Things to Come (pictured) and Elle have earned French cinema icon Isabelle Huppert her – surprisingly – first National Society of Film Critics Best Actress Award. 2016 Movies: Isabelle Huppert & 'Moonlight' among National Society of Film Critics' top picks Earlier today (Jan. 7), the National Society of Film Critics announced their top 2016 movies and performances. Somewhat surprisingly, this year's Nsfc list – which generally contains more offbeat entries than those of other U.S.-based critics groups – is quite similar to their counterparts', most of which came out last December. No, that doesn't mean the National Society of Film Critics has opted for the crowd-pleasing route. Instead, this awards season U.S. critics have not infrequently gone for even less mainstream entries than usual. Examples, among either the Nsfc winners or runners-up, include Isabelle Huppert in Elle, Moonlight, Toni Erdmann, Casey Affleck in Manchester by the Sea, and Lily Gladstone in Certain Women. French »
- Mont. Steve
5 items from 2017
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