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Europe’s Oscar Films Span Spectrum From Serious to Comedies

Europe’s Oscar Films Span Spectrum From Serious to Comedies
“World cinema” may be the official remit of the foreign-language film category, but it’s fair to say Oscar has travelled some parts of the globe more thoroughly than others. However much the voting system is tweaked to expand the branch’s horizons, the award retains a reputation for Eurocentricity: in its 61 years of competitive existence, it has gone to a European production 51 times.

It’s not an inexplicable bias, of course, when you weigh up the number of developed national film industries among continents — after all, European countries account for well over a third of this year’s 92 foreign-language submissions, dwarfing the combined number of entries from Africa, for example. Either way, it’s a dominance that is likely to continue this year, with Europe holding a number of the most hotly fancied contenders in what remains a wide-open race.

Unsurprisingly, France holds the record for scoring the most nominations in the category’s history, with 37. It
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Kimberly Peirce Will Direct Underground Abortion Network Drama “This Is Jane”

Peirce: ScreenSlam/YouTube

Amazon’s abortion drama “This Is Jane” has found its director. “Boys Don’t Cry’s” Kimberly Peirce will helm the film about an underground abortion network in Chicago, which went by the name of “Jane,” Deadline writes.

This Is Jane” will tell the story of the network’s founder as well as the network itself, a group of self-taught women who provided abortions in Chicago in the pre-Roe v. Wade years. Jane also provided health education and counseling to its patients.

As previously reported, “This Is Jane” is based on Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service.” The film is written by Dan Loflin (“Supernatural”) and is being produced by Peter Heller and John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions.

While the current administration is doing everything it can to strip women of their reproductive rights and access to healthcare, there are several projects in the works about the need for safe, legal abortion — and the lengths women will go to when that need isn’t met. Rachel Carey’s “Ask for Jane,” currently in post-production, is also about Chicago’s Jane Collective, as is the Elisabeth Moss-starrer “Call Jane.” And “Harlots” producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward are developing a film about Roe v. Wade, the historic Supreme Court decision that granted all U.S. women the right to an abortion.

Peirce’s feature directorial debut, “Boys Don’t Cry,” is the true story of Brandon Teena, a young trans man who was murdered in 1993. The film was nominated for an Independent Spirit, won the Satyajit Ray Award and the Fipresci Prize at the 1999 London Film Festival, and earned lead actress Hilary Swank her first Oscar. Features “Stop-Loss” and “Carrie” and episodes of “The L Word,” “Halt and Catch Fire,” and “I Love Dick” are among Peirce’s other credits.

Kimberly Peirce Will Direct Underground Abortion Network Drama “This Is Jane” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Genius’ Debut Plus More TV You Must See This Week

Elisabeth Moss in ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

Two exciting new limited series are making rather unconventional debuts this week, with The Handmaid’s Tale premiering on Hulu, which hasn’t had such a big event program like this before, and Genius giving National Geographic its first scripted show. We’re also saying goodbye to Bates Motel, welcome back to Silicon Valley, and hello in a new form to Dear White People. Plus there are a couple new places to have a laugh at the president.

To help you keep track of the most important programs over the next seven days, here’s our guide to everything worth watching, whether it’s on broadcast, cable, or streaming for April 23–29:

SUNDAYSilicon Valley (HBO, 10pm)

The boys of Pied Piper return, but they’re no longer a united force. The fourth season promises internal strife, as Richard (Thomas Middleditch) appears to quit his own company, as
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‘The Discovery’: Why Jason Segel Emerged From His Self-Imposed Acting Exile to Star in Charlie McDowell’s Dark Netflix Drama

‘The Discovery’: Why Jason Segel Emerged From His Self-Imposed Acting Exile to Star in Charlie McDowell’s Dark Netflix Drama
Even five years ago, it would have been hard to imagine Jason Segel, the Muppet-loving, butt-baring star of modern comedy classics like “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Knocked Up” as some kind of Sundance darling, but that’s exactly how the actor found his unexpected second act.

When Segel was picked to star as the lauded and immensely troubled late author David Foster Wallace in James Ponsoldt’s “The End of the Tour,” the filmmaker’s decision to cast the lovably goofy “This is 40” and “How I Met Your Mother” star was met with plenty of skepticism. Segel, however, dove deeply into preparing for the role, listening to the recordings of journalist David Lipsky (played by Jesse Eisenberg in the 2015 drama) and watching clips of Foster online to get a sense of the writer’s presence. He even started his own book club to read and discuss Foster’s “Infinite Jest.
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Reed Morano To Direct Elisabeth Moss In The Hulu Series

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Reed Morano To Direct Elisabeth Moss In The Hulu Series
Reed Morano, known for her breakout film “Meadowland,” is in negotiations to direct the upcoming Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” according to Deadline reports.

Shortly after the news was announced, the helmer expressed her joy about being part of the series, tweeting: “Lizzie and I are so excited.”

!!! Thanks, Nicole!! Lizzie & I are so excited… https://t.co/XK1Fl0V2QO

Reed Morano, A.S.C. (@reedmorano) June 22, 2016

Read More: Reed Morano on ‘Meadowland,’ Working with Olivia Wilde and Motherhood Discrimination

The show is based on Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 novel of the same name and is adapted for television by Bruce Miller.

Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. She is one of the few remaining fertile women who is forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. Offred will go
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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Reed Morano To Direct Elisabeth Moss In The Hulu Series

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’: Reed Morano To Direct Elisabeth Moss In The Hulu Series
Reed Morano, known for her breakout film “Meadowland,” is in negotiations to direct the upcoming Hulu series “The Handmaid’s Tale,” according to Deadline reports.

Shortly after the news was announced, the helmer expressed her joy about being part of the series, tweeting: “Lizzie and I are so excited.”

!!! Thanks, Nicole!! Lizzie & I are so excited… https://t.co/XK1Fl0V2QO

Reed Morano, A.S.C. (@reedmorano) June 22, 2016

Read More: Reed Morano on ‘Meadowland,’ Working with Olivia Wilde and Motherhood Discrimination

The show is based on Margaret Atwood’s classic 1985 novel of the same name and is adapted for television by Bruce Miller.

Elisabeth Moss stars as Offred, a Handmaid trying to survive in the male-dominated totalitarian regime of Gilead. She is one of the few remaining fertile women who is forced into sexual servitude as a last desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world. Offred will go
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Reed Morano In Talks To Direct ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Starring Elisabeth Moss For Hulu

Exclusive: Reed Morano is in talks to direct The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men). Hulu has given a straight-to-series order for the drama from MGM Television, which is based on Margaret Atwood's bestselling novel. Morano earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her cinematography in her directorial debut Meadowland. As a Dp, Morano has been a regular on the fest circuit with numerous films at Sundance in recent years including Kill Your…
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March 2016 VOD Releases Include Ava’S Possessions, Baskin, Emelie, The Revenant

For those of you genre fans out there always on the lookout for interesting horror and sci-fi films to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, March’s VOD selections feature several great indie movies that should make for some entertaining viewings this month.

Ava’s Possessions, a film I really dug out of last year’s SXSW Film Festival, is finally making its way onto VOD this Friday and Emelie, the babysitter thriller from Dark Sky Films, is also getting a digital release that day. Other titles arriving on VOD in early March include The Wave, Road Games and Camino.

The month’s VOD titles are being capped off by a film that I’ve been excited to see for some time, Baskin, which is being released by IFC Midnight on March 25th. Other notable VOD titles for March include Dudes & Dragons, You’re Killing Me, A Haunting
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The Conversation: 2015 Oscar Predix: Wild at Heart… Arquette Leads Dern & Co. for Best Supporting Actress Win

The Nominations: Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood

Laura Dern in “Wild

Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game

Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”

Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods

Shoulda Been a Contender: Elisabeth Moss for “Listen Up Philip“ or Tilda Swinton for “Snowpiercer

True, Ms. Streep might be the best aspect of the tepid Into the Woods, but why we have to see her name in these lists nearly every year No Matter What has become one of the many insane in-jokes to tarnish the reputation of the Academy Awards. Any number of other excellent supporting turns from deserving, talented actresses should have taken that slot, including a zany breath of fresh air from Tilda Swinton in Snowpiercer, or Elisabeth Moss in Listen Up Philip.

Should Win: Laura Dern for “Wild

One of several consistently underrated yet excellent performers has been Laura Dern.
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Gotham City’s Podcast: The Gotham Podcast S1E6 – Spirit of the Goat

Fox‘s Gotham Spirit of the Goat Review. Gotham City’s Podcast: The Gotham Podcast: Season 1, Episode 6: Spirit of the Goat is an audio review in which FilmBook contributor Mike Smith discusses his reaction to the latest episode of Fox’s Gotham. Gotham: Season 1, Episode 6: Spirit of the Goat‘s plot synopsis (spoilers): [...]

Continue reading: Gotham City’s Podcast: The Gotham Podcast S1E6 – Spirit of the Goat
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Top Ten Movies from 2014 You Should Catch Up With on Streaming

Margaret here, reporting from the warmth of the family home. In between gift-exchanging and major cooking projects, I'm going to be trying to catch up on as many 2014 movies as possible. For those of us without much time to run to the multiplex, there are plenty of options among recent acquisitions on streaming services. While most of the showiest would-be awards contenders are either still in theaters or holding off on their DVD releases, there are plenty of buzzy (and possibly even soon to be Oscar-nominated) movies available for the couch-bound.

Honorable Mention: Slow-burn crime drama Night Moves (Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning) and Baltimore dirt-biker documentary 12 O'Clock Boys, both on Amazon Prime; Mind-bending relationship dramedy The One I Love (Elisabeth Moss, Mark Duplass) and low-key Swanberg indie Happy Christmas (Anna Kendrick, Tfe favorite Melanie Lynskey), both on Netflix Instant.

 

10. Stranger By The Lake (Netflix Instant) This French erotic
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SAG Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

SAG Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises
The Screen Actors Guild nominations are often a sign of who will be invited to the Oscars, since actors constitute the largest group of Academy voters. After Wednesday morning’s nomination announcement, that could mean good news for “Birdman” (which picked up four noms, more than any other film), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”), and Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), and not great news for Jessica Chastain (overlooked for “A Most Violent Year”) and “Selma” (Paramount didn’t send out screeners in time). On the TV side, the nominees don’t necessarily create momentum for the Emmys, but they can’t hurt in building buzz for freshman shows like Showtime’s “The Affair” and Cinemax’s “The Knick,” which were shut out. Here are the biggest snubs and surprises in both TV and film.

Snub: Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year.”

Chastain has had a busy year with roles in “Insterstellar” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,
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SAG Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises

SAG Nominations: Biggest Snubs and Surprises
The Screen Actors Guild nominations are often a sign of who will be invited to the Oscars, since actors constitute the largest group of Academy voters. After Wednesday morning’s nomination announcement, that could mean good news for “Birdman” (which picked up four noms, more than any other film), Jake Gyllenhaal (“Nightcrawler”), and Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), and not great news for Jessica Chastain (overlooked for “A Most Violent Year”) and “Selma” (Paramount didn’t send out screeners in time). On the TV side, the nominees don’t necessarily create momentum for the Emmys, but they can’t hurt in building buzz for freshman shows like Showtime’s “The Affair” and Cinemax’s “The Knick,” which were shut out. Here are the biggest snubs and surprises in both TV and film.

Snub: Jessica Chastain, “A Most Violent Year.”

Chastain has had a busy year with roles in “Insterstellar” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,
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10 predictions for the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards nominations

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10 predictions for the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards nominations
Yes, it's finally come to this. After months of festival debuts, cocktail parties and a fake awards show that somehow was aired on a major broadcast network, an awards event that actually means something (sort of) in the Oscar race is happening. The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations are hours away and, in some ways, they are the most competitive in recent memory. Just as with the Academy Awards, the Spirits' equivalent Best Film and Best Lead Male categories will leave a number of worthy contenders out in the cold. That's somewhat remarkable considering players such as "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Foxcatcher" and "The Theory of Everything" didn't qualify. Still, you'll find a number of familiar Oscar contenders announced including Julianne Moore ("Still Alice"), Reese Witherspoon ("Wild"), Jessica Chastain ("A Most Violent Year") and lots of nods for "Birdman" and "Boyhood." The thing to remember about the Spirits, however, is that
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Locarno’s ‘Love Island’ Kicks Off Stellar Festival Run for The Match Factory

Locarno’s ‘Love Island’ Kicks Off Stellar Festival Run for The Match Factory
London — Cologne-based sales company The Match Factory has a busy two months ahead of it with a stellar fall fest lineup that includes four titles at Locarno film festival, four at Venice, and one announced so far at Toronto.

In Locarno, Michael Weber’s company is representing Jasmila Zbanic’s “Love Island,” Eran Riklis’ “Dancing Arabs,” Alex Ross Perry’s “Listen Up Philip” and Haile Gerima’s “Teza.”

At Venice, it has Fatih Akin’s “The Cut,” Duane Hopkins’ “Bypass,” Ron Mann’s “Altman” and Sabina Guzzanti’s “La Trattativa.”

Of those Toronto titles announced so far, the company is repping Christian Petzold’s “Phoenix.”

Love Island,” which world premieres as part of Locarno’s Piazza Grande program, is a comedy drama about modern-day relationships. It is set on a beautiful Adriatic island, and centers on a married couple whose relationship is put to the test by a charismatic young woman.
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Tribeca Film Nabs 'Listen Up Philip,' Starring Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman (Trailer)

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to "Listen Up Philip," Alex Ross Perry's dark, quirky comedy about a young novelist and the characters of his life. Perry's film, which stars Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, made a splash at Sundance this year. Perry previously directed cult favorite "The Color Wheel," which was nominated for a 2013 Independent Spirit Award. (Toh's Moss interview is here.) As Schwartzman's Philip waits for his second novel to be published (and, no doubt, to soar to success), he is filled with anger about his crumbling relationship with Ashley (Elisabeth Moss) and a complete apathy about promoting his work. He turns to an older novelist (a dyspeptic Jonathan Pryce) for guidance.  "Tribeca Film has proven themselves fearless by partnering with us for the release of 'Listen Up Philip,'" Perry said in a statement regarding the announcement.  "In this day and age, distribution for independent.
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Ralph Waite obituary

Actor best known for playing John Walton Sr in the Us television family drama The Waltons

Ralph Waite, who has died aged 85, worked as a social worker, Presbyterian minister, publicist and book editor before turning to acting and landing the part as patriarch of a struggling American family in the wholesome Us television drama The Waltons (1972-81).

For nine series and more than 200 episodes from 1972 to 1981, as John Walton Sr – "Pa" – he was the quiet tower of strength bringing up a family of seven during the depression and second world war with his wife, Olivia (Michael Learned).

The barefoot Virginia hillfolk operated a sawmill on Walton's Mountain, in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Their trials and tribulations, based on Earl Hamner Jr's autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain, were seen through the eyes of the eldest son, John-Boy (played by Richard Thomas for most of the run, then Robert Wightman), a
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Ralph Waite obituary

Actor best known for playing John Walton Sr in the Us television family drama The Waltons

Ralph Waite, who has died aged 85, worked as a social worker, Presbyterian minister, publicist and book editor before turning to acting and landing the part as patriarch of a struggling American family in the wholesome Us television drama The Waltons (1972-81).

For nine series and more than 200 episodes from 1972 to 1981, as John Walton Sr – "Pa" – he was the quiet tower of strength bringing up a family of seven during the depression and second world war with his wife, Olivia (Michael Learned).

The barefoot Virginia hillfolk operated a sawmill on Walton's Mountain, in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. Their trials and tribulations, based on Earl Hamner Jr's autobiographical novel Spencer's Mountain, were seen through the eyes of the eldest son, John-Boy (played by Richard Thomas for most of the run, then Robert Wightman), a
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Ralph Waite, Patriarch of The Waltons, Dies at 85

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Ralph Waite, Patriarch of The Waltons, Dies at 85
Ralph Waite, known to millions as John Walton Sr. on the warmhearted 1970s TV series The Waltons - and, more recently, as the Mark Harmon character's father, Jackson "Jack" Gibbs, on the CBS hit NCIS - died at his Palm Desert home at about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the Desert Sun. He was 85. The paper reports that his longtime friend, Jerry Preece, showed up for a lunch and movie date only to find ambulances and Waite's wife, Linda Waite, at the house. "She just told me she thought he’d passed," said Preece, who ascribed his friend's death to a "tired heart.
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2012 Indie Grits Festival: Official Lineup

The sixth annual Indie Grits Festival, hosted by the Nickelodeon Theatre in Columbia, South Carolina, is actually more than just a film festival. Much, much more. From April 20-28, there will be film screenings, food tastings, bands playing, theater performances, a craft fair, a technology conference and oh so much more.

As for the films, though, every night — and a few afternoons — of Indie Grits is jam-packed with unique and creative independent feature-length movies and short films. Screenings take place at two locations: At the original Nickelodeon theater at 937 Main St. and at the New Nick location just up the road at 1607 Main St.

The fest opens with Bill and Turner Ross’ narrative feature Tchoupatoulis, about three brothers who sneak into New Orleans on their own to witness the visual spectacles the city has to offer; and the documentary Dragons of Jim Green, directed by Randy M. Salo, about a
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