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Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced today that the 2017 Sundance Film Festival: London will open with the European premiere of Beatriz at Dinner [watch the trailer here].
Beatriz at Dinner reunites director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White (School of Rock, Nacho Libre), who worked together on earlier Sundance Film Festival hits The Good Girl and Chuck & Buck. The film stars Salma Hayek (Frida, Tale of Tales) as the eponymous ‘Beatriz’ alongside John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloë Sevigny and Jay Duplass. Director Miguel Arteta, screenwriter Mike White and Salma Hayek will be in attendance to introduce the film at Picturehouse Central on Thursday, June 1st.
“I’m thrilled that Beatriz At Dinner will open the Sundance Film Festival: London,” said Arteta. “Amidst the comedy, drama and brilliant performances in the film, Mike White’s script weaves some timely and potent political commentary and we’re especially excited to premiere the film to UK audiences at »
- Gary Collinson
Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White sounds like a dynamite combo. The Good Girl director and Enlightened creator linked up for Beatriz at the Dinner, which stars Salma Hayek and Jon Lithgow. Arteta and White tend to make heartfelt and sincere comedies, so their sensibilities should align nicely with Beatriz at Dinner. Below, watch the Beatriz at Dinner trailer. Arteta, who […]
- Jack Giroux
A trailer has landed for Salma Hayek-starrer “Beatriz at Dinner,” and the spot is full of cringe-inducing moments. “This woman is a saint. It’s like birds fly out of the sky and land on her shoulder,” we’re told of Beatriz (Hayek), a spiritual health practitioner attending a dinner party. Seconds later, Beatriz is asked by a fellow guest, “Can I get another bourbon, hon?” Everyone else attending the party is white. “Oh, you were hovering. I just assumed you were part of the staff,” an unapologetic, boorish, Donald Trump-like real estate mogul named Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) says. And things only get worse from there.
At the dinner table, Beatriz begins a story: “When I first came to the United States a long time ago — .” She’s interrupted mid-sentence by the billionaire, who asks, “Did you come legally?” Rather than admonishing Doug for his inexcusable rudeness, the other guests try to change the subject by commenting on the meal.
“I think fate brought us together,” Beatriz tells Doug. But the smug businessman has no interest in what Beatriz has to offer. “The world doesn’t need your feelings,” he says. “It needs jobs. It needs money. It needs what I do.”
“Beatriz at Dinner” made its world premiere at Sundance in January. The ensemble cast includes Connie Britton (“Nashville”), Chloë Sevigny (“Bloodline”), and Amy Landecker (“Transparent”). Directed by Miguel Arteta (“The Good Girl”), “Beatriz at Dinner” hits theaters June 9.
Trailer Watch: Salma Hayek Goes to the Dinner Party from Hell in “Beatriz at Dinner” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Another comedy of manners, where upright folks sitting around a dinner table slowly become more inelegant? It would sound like a snooze, except the talent involved puts the lie to that assumption. Re-teaming writer Mike White and director Miguel Arteta for their first feature-film collaboration since The Good Girl, Beatriz At Dinner stars Salma Hayek as a healer—massage, reiki, you name it—from a poor town in Mexico who ends up attending a fancy dinner party thrown by one of her clients, and slowly gets drawn into a confrontation with an obnoxious and wealthy hotel magnate (John Lithgow).
The movie clearly has issues of class and race on its mind, with Lithgow mistaking Hayek for the help early on, then blithely steamrolling her conversational contributions throughout the meal. Again, the trailer seems barely one step away from a society woman clutching her pearls and emitting a “Well, I never »
- Alex McLevy
The stark divisions that mark racial and class divides seem to have become more greatly illuminated in the Trump era, which makes “Beatriz At Dinner” perfectly of the current moment. But politics aside, the chance to see Salma Hayek and John Lithgow at each other’s throats looks too good to pass up.
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Directed by Miguel Arteta (“Youth In Revolt“), and penned by his “Chuck & Buck” and “The Good Girl” collaborator Mike White, the film tells the story of an immigrant who butts heads with a billionaire at a fancy-pants dinner.
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Sundance Film Festival is officially over and the awards have already been handed out, both the official ones and our own Unconventional Awards, and out of the roughly thirty films I saw during my time in Park City, Utah, I’ve put together a list of the ten very best movies I had a chance to see. Many of them will be coming to theaters across the country later in the year, and a few of them may even be in the Oscar conversation a year from now.
10. The Big Sick
Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani made his triumphant debut as a leading man with this movie produced by Judd Apatow, directed by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name is Doris) and co-written with wife Emily V. Gordon. Based on their own experiences in courting and how Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) being put into a medically-induced coma affected it, »
- Edward Douglas
I’ve been coming to the Sundance Film Festival since 1995, and if you asked me to pick the most audacious film I’ve ever seen here, it would probably be “Chuck & Buck,” the thrillingly twisted — but humane! — arrested-development stalker love story written by Mike White and directed by Miguel Arteta. (White also starred in it.) It played here in 2000, and though other films grabbed bigger headlines, it was enough of a landmark that White and Arteta recognized what they’d brought out in each other and decided to team up again. Two years later, they were back with “The Good Girl,” a solid but much safer comedy (it starred Jennifer Aniston). Now, after 15 years, they’ve reunited for “Beatriz at Dinner,” a small-scale but elegantly deft squirmfest that features a luminous performance by Salma Hayek. It also has the distinction of being the first dramatic comedy that’s an explicit »
- Owen Gleiberman
24 January 2017 1:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Salma Hayek offers a performance rich in stillness, tenderness and dignity in Beatriz at Dinner, a laudably well-intentioned but way too on-the-nose comedy-drama. Director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White collaborated recently on TV’s Enlightened, but this is their first feature together since they made the scrappy Sundance favorites The Good Girl (2002) and Chuck & Buck (2000) back in the day. Older and more established now, they’ve assembled a fine cast and crew to tell this pointed parable about haves and have-nots forced to mix socially with disastrous results. Although this may contain the best performance of »
- Leslie Felperin
Sundance deals accrue such legend that it’s easy to forget the ones that materialize out of nowhere. Such was the case 20 years ago to this day, when Miguel Arteta’s first feature “Star Maps” premiered at the festival and landed a $2.5 million deal with Fox Searchlight.
The movie, which tells the story of a Latin American teen (Douglas Spain) who works as a bisexual hustler while harboring dreams of movie stardom, became an overnight sensation at Sundance — and also turned Arteta into a permanent member of the festival family. Since then he’s returned with “Chuck & Buck” (2000) and with “The Good Girl” (2002); tonight he screens his latest effort, “Beatriz at Dinner” out of competition.
The “Star Maps” deal also marked a historic moment for this site. At roughly a year old, IndieWire was establishing itself as a nimble digital upstart that had accrued popularity at Sundance, where it published a daily print edition. »
- Eric Kohn
This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.
Jennifer Aniston will soon be seen showing off her dramatic chops once again, in Alexandre Moors’ Iraq War drama The Yellow Birds. The film will make its debut at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, and EW caught up with Aniston ahead of its premiere.
“War movies aren’t usually my thing; I find them very hard to watch,” Aniston says. “ the way this script read, and the vision that Alex had — it was really connecting into the humanity of the soldiers; the parents that are left behind waiting, counting the minutes; the loss of innocence. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
After having exhibited his versatility as a judge, the well-known choreographer Terence Lewis will now be seen as an actor. He will be making his debut as an actor in a short film titled The Good Girl. The film is being directed by an actor Harssh A. Singh, who also makes his debut as aRead More
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
Jennifer Aniston is no stranger to the Sundance Film Festival, having trekked to Park City for the premieres of 2002’s “The Good Girl” and 2006’s “Friends With Money.” This year, she plays a supporting role in the drama “The Yellow Birds,” as the mother of a young man (Tye Sheridan) who enlists in the Iraq War.
“It’s a poetic story,” says Aniston, who’s also an executive producer on the project, directed by Alexandre Moors, with a cast that includes Toni Collette and Alden Ehrenreich as another soldier. “It’s heartbreaking — these families every single day not knowing if their kids are going to come home.” Ahead of its Saturday premiere, Aniston spoke to Variety about the film, why she’s open to returning to TV, and what inspired her recent essay about tabloid culture.
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- Ramin Setoodeh
16 January 2017 10:16 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The companies are partnering for the North America rights to the dramedy, which stars Hayek as a holistic therapist that finds herself at a dinner party with a successful business developer she is convinced she knows from her past.
This is the fourth Sundance premiere for Puerto Rican director Miguel Arteta (his past fest entries are Star Maps, Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl). His other credits include Youth in Revolt and Cedar Rapids.
- Mia Galuppo
I’ve got a Matt Riddle for you: if the 2017 Royal Rumble is being held in Shawn Michaels’ home state of Texas later this month, and he’s advertised to be on Raw next week, how many dream matches is he going to have?
If you answered anything over none, you’re probably wrong. Because the answer is most likely that the Heartbreak Kid has a movie out next week.
He’s in the WWE Studios movie The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a faith-based dramatic comedy where he plays The Ex-Con alongside other cinematic archetypes The Good Girl, The Pastor, and, of course, The Guy Who Played The Janitor In Scrubs.
As great as the Michaels vs Aj Styles match would be – which has been teased by some on Twitter – and Hbk’s potentially renewed in-ring passion after working as a coach at the WWE Performance Centre since last Summer, »
- Oli Davis
14 items from 2017
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