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Q&A: Best 'Best Actress' Decade? Gay for Play as Actorly Rite of Passage?

Four more reader questions to kick off the weekend. Wheeee. As ever, I'd love to hear your answers to these questions thrown my way.

Matt St Clair: Is there an unseen awards contender this year that you are hoping doesn't fail?

Nathaniel: My "please let this be successful" hopes reside with Blade Runner 2049 (because the original's reputation being tarnished would be such a pity), The Greatest Showman (because musicals Must continue to thrive) and Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (because it's infinitely annoying that Annette Bening doesn't have an Oscar yet and didn't even get nominated for such gorgeous work in 20th Century Women). While we're well- wishing please let Wonderstruck, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and The Florida Project could be bigger hits than usual for Todd Haynes, John Cameron Mitchell, and Sean Baker, since they're three of our most distinctive American auteurs. I could
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Sundance ’17 and on to Rotterdam ‘17: Interview with Kirsten Tan, Writer and Director of ‘Pop Aye’

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Sundance ’17 and on to Rotterdam ‘17: Interview with Kirsten Tan, Writer and Director of ‘Pop Aye’
This first feature of Kirsten Tan premiered in Sundance ‘17 World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Its provenance is Singapore but it takes place in Thailand. It continued onward to the Hivos Tiger Competition at Iffr (R’dam).

The thrill of interviewing here in Sundance is that you see a film; you have an impression and while it is still fresh you meet the filmmakers without having much time for any research or reflection. And then you get to see them again as “old friends” when you meet again in Rotterdam.

As Kirsten, her producer Weijie Lai and I sat down at the Sundance Co-op on Main Street here in Park City, I really had little idea of where the interview would take us, somewhat analogously to her film in which an architect, disenchanted with life in general, being put aside as “old” in his own highly successful architectural firm and in a stale relationship with his wife,
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Eddie Redmayne Looks Back on ‘Intense’ Incest and Murder Movie with Julianne Moore

  • PEOPLE.com
Eddie Redmayne Looks Back on ‘Intense’ Incest and Murder Movie with Julianne Moore
Watch this full episode of The Jess Cagle Interview, available now, on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (Pen). Go to People.com/Pen, or download the Pen app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS and Android devices.

Nearly a decade before he was winning an Oscar or stepping into the world of Harry Potter, Eddie Redmayne was a struggling actor whose big film break included incest, murder, and Julianne Moore.

Ahead of the Nov. 18 release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Redmayne, 34, sat down with People and EW editorial director Jess Cagle,
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Producer Christine Vachon Discusses Lgbt Movies, Challenges of Financing Female-Driven Films

Producer Christine Vachon Discusses Lgbt Movies, Challenges of Financing Female-Driven Films
Producer Christine Vachon, who will receive the Special Teddy at the Berlin Film Festival’s queer awards ceremony on Friday, discussed her long career at this year’s Queer Academy Summit on Wednesday, including her work with Todd Haynes, Lgbt cinema and the challenges of financing female-driven films.

The annual Queer Academy gathering brings together international filmmakers and festival organizers during the Berlin Film Festival to discuss Lgbt cinema, a major topic at this year’s fest in light of the Teddy’s 30th anniversary.

Vachon was in Berlin in 1991 with Haynes’ first feature, “Poison,” which won that year’s Teddy Award. Asked whether she missed the more chaotic, less institutionalized nature of the queer award 25 years ago, Vachon responded: “I’m not much for nostalgia. I don’t really like to look backwards. What I think is pretty amazing is that 30 years ago the Teddy existed. When we got to Berlin with ‘Poison,
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Charlize Theron Bares Almost All in W's Star-Studded Best Performances Issue

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Charlize Theron Bares Almost All in W's Star-Studded Best Performances Issue
Roll out the red carpet! Some of the world's most sought-after celebrities are revealing all in a new portfolio celebrating the best performances in cinema in 2015 and early 2016. Shot as a series of stunning black-and-white photos - including a tasteful nude shot of Mad Max: Fury Road's Charlize Theron - stars like Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks dish on their approach to onscreen roles and their timeline to success in W magazine's February issue. While some of the featured stars' revelations focus on their big parts, others share hilarious anecdotes about their relationships with other Hollywood bigwigs. "If I
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Monopoly origins movie is in the works

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A second Monopoly film has entered development, charting the origins of the iconic board game…

Making a film out of a board game always causes a few raised eyebrows, but this one seems like a particularly off-the-wall idea when you first hear it. The Tracking Board reports that Big Beach Films “is developing a new film exploring the origins of the world’s most popular board games.”

Yep, it’s Monopoly: Origins (although it doesn’t yet have a title, we made that one up). The film will be based on Mary Pilon’s book The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury And The Scandal Behind The World’s Favourite Board Game.

"The Monopolists reveals the unknown story of how Monopoly came into existence," the book’s official synopsis book tells us, featuring "the reinvention of its history by Parker Brothers and multiple media outlets, the lost female originator of the game,
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Do not collect $200: Big Beach Land Grab “Monopolists” for Scribe Howard A. Rodman

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Monopoly enthusiasts will one day receive their money’s worth with the unknown backstory to their beloved game. Deadline reports that Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf will produce alongside Diane Nabatoff (Dancing in Jaffa) and have set Howard A. Rodman to adapt not one, but a pair of books: Mary Pilon’s best selling non-fiction book The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game and Ralph Anspach’s The Billion Dollar Monopoly (R) Swindle.

Gist: This is about the unknown David and Goliath story of S.F. State Universal economist Ralph Anspach, who invented the game Anti-Monopoly as a cry against rampant capitalism, and was promptly sued by Parker Brothers and was shored up against the game invented by Elizabeth Magie, a stenographer who hatched The Landlords Game to lash out against slumlords and other monopolists of the early 20th Century.
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The Conversation: Top 10 American Indie Filmmakers Missing in Action

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No film buff wants to see a promising, or prominent filmmaker pull a disappearing act a la Terrence Malick, (though it seems he isn’t keen to repeat another lapse like the one between Days of Heaven to The Thin Red Line), but whether they’re dealing with unforeseeable professional (endless pre-production woes, writer’s block) or personal issues, sometimes there is a considerable time between projects.

With John Cameron Mitchell, Charlie Kaufman, Rebecca Miller, Patty Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and more recently, Barry Jenkins recently moving out of the so called “inactive” period, we decided to compile a list of the top ten American filmmakers who, for the most part, we’ve lost sight of and would like to see get back in the director’s chair again. Most of the filmmakers listed below have gone well over half a decade without a substantial movement in this category. Here is
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Howard Rodman Elected President of Writers Guild West

  • The Wrap
Howard Rodman Elected President of Writers Guild West
Howard A. Rodman has been elected as the new president of the Writers Guild of America West, the union said Monday. The two-time vice president of the Wgaw received 1,557 votes to defeat opponent Joan Meyerson, who had 749 votes. He will replace current WGA West president Chris Keyser, who was prevented by guild rules from seeking a third consecutive term. Rodman has been active in guild politics for more than a decade with screen credits on “Joe Gould’s Secret,” “Savage Grace” and “August.” He’s also a professor and former chair of the writing division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
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Howard Rodman Wins Writers Guild of America West Presidency

Howard Rodman Wins Writers Guild of America West Presidency
Howard Rodman has won a two-year term for the presidency of the Writers Guild of America West over Joan Meyerson.

David A. Goodman topped Carl Gottlieb for the VP slot, currently held by Rodman. Aaron Mendelsohn was elected without opposition to the secretary-treasurer post, currently held by Gottlieb.

Incumbents Billy Ray, Carleton Eastlake, Ari B. Rubin and Patric Verrone won board seats along with Meredith Stiehm, Andrea Berloff, Mara Brock Akil, Luvh Rakhe and Zak Penn.

All were elected to two-year terms except for Verrone – who was elected for a one-year term to fill the vacancy created by Mendelsohn’s election to the secretary-treasurer position.

Current WGA West president Chris Keyser is precluded by guild rules from seeking a third consecutive term.

Rodman is in his second term as VP and has been active in guild politics for more than a decade with screen credits on “Joe Gould’s Secret,
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Howard Rodman, Joan Meyerson Running for Writers Guild Presidency

Howard Rodman and Joan Meyerson are running for a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West.

The guild released a list of candidates chosen by its nominating committee Friday — including several prominent newcomers to WGA politics such as Zak Penn, Mara Brock Akil and Meredith Stiehm. Candidates can still be nominated for the next month by petition with 50 signatures and a July 23 deadline.

David A. Goodman and Carl Gottlieb are seeking the VP slot, currently held by Rodman. Marjorie David and Aaron Mendelsohn are seeking the secretary-treasurer post, currently held by Gottlieb.

Seventeen candidates are seeking eight board seats, including incumbent Patric Verrone, best known for leading the WGA during the 2007-08 strike, and “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray. Other incumbents seeking re-election are Carleton Eastlake, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Karen Harris and Ari B. Rubin.

The other candidates include Penn, Brock Akil, Stiehm, Andrea Berloff, Cynthia Riddle,
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Howard Rodman, Joan Meyerson Running for Writers Guild Presidency

Howard Rodman and Joan Meyerson are running for a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America West.

The guild released a list of candidates chosen by its nominating committee Friday — including several prominent newcomers to WGA politics such as Zak Penn, Mara Brock Akil and Meredith Stiehm. Candidates can still be nominated for the next month by petition with 50 signatures and a July 23 deadline.

David A. Goodman and Carl Gottlieb are seeking the VP slot, currently held by Rodman. Marjorie David and Aaron Mendelsohn are seeking the secretary-treasurer post, currently held by Gottlieb.

Seventeen candidates are seeking eight board seats, including incumbent Patric Verrone, best known for leading the WGA during the 2007-08 strike, and “Captain Phillips” screenwriter Billy Ray. Other incumbents seeking re-election are Carleton Eastlake, Alfredo Barrios Jr., Karen Harris and Ari B. Rubin.

The other candidates include Penn, Brock Akil, Stiehm, Andrea Berloff, Cynthia Riddle,
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Beauty vs Beast: Little Drummer Bot

Howdy folks it's Jason from Mnpp here, pulling myself out of the snow-heap I was buried under last week to drum up a new round of our "Beauty vs Beast" series, in which we ask you to pick sides between good and evil, movie-style. By this time next week the 87th Academy Awards will have come and gone in an explosion of gold-dust and gowns, so I figure I'll get one more contender in here before it's too late... and what better place to celebrate Oscar Season than with the Best Picture nominee that's all about the blood and the sweat and the brutality that goes into slicing and dicing art down to ecstatic perfection? Replace Miles Teller's drumsticks with little golden men and replace Jk Simmons with, well, let's say Harvey Weinstein cuz you know why not, and you get the idea. Enter Whiplash, where losers need not apply.
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Galeca Loves Transparent (and a little of everything else!)

The Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Journalists Association have chosen their winners from the film year and, like so many other awards bodies they've opted for a Savage Grace mother/son reunion with Julianne Moore & Eddie Redmayne taking Actress & Actor of the Year for film. (The primary difference being only that they have probably heard of / possibly seen Savage Grace.) Lisa Kudrow & Jeffrey Tambor took the television version of those prizes and though there was significant spreading of the wealth elsewhere, Transparent, Amazon's Golden Globe winning breakout show about a retired father (Jeffrey Tambor) who comes out to her children as a trans woman thoroughly dominated the TV field winning five prizes. [More...]
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Oscar Contenders Start 2015 Campaign Trail At Palm Springs Festival

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Oscar Contenders Start 2015 Campaign Trail At Palm Springs Festival
Awards contenders who hit the trail to the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival this weekend were talking about the breathless pace of this year’s race. No sooner had the last Rose Parade float left Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Day did a herd of Oscar hopefuls head to the desert for the next phase of this wide open awards season.

Earlier than ever, Saturday night’s Psiff awards gala – timed to land right in the middle of the crucial Oscar nominating balloting – brought out a bevy of contenders who were receiving pre-negotiated trophies at the glitziest ceremonies this side of the Golden Globes (which take place in a week, also disturbingly earlier than normal).

In a ceremony hosted by the ever-enthusiastic Mary Hart (with usual key sponsor Cartier), recipients included Rosamund Pike (Breakthrough Actress winner for Gone Girl), David Oyelowo (Breakthrough Actor for Selma), J.K. Simmons
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Palm Springs Festival Kicks Off Awards Season with Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Benedict Cumberbatch

Palm Springs Festival Kicks Off Awards Season with Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon and Benedict Cumberbatch
A-list stars and filmmakers turned out Saturday evening on a cold, clear desert night to celebrate the Palm Springs Film Festival honorees at what’s unofficially become the launch of the awards season.

Though Robert Downey Jr. and Brad Pitt were presenters, not honorees, they helped add glamour to an evening packed full of warm anecdotes told by longtime collaborators. Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton and Shirley MacLaine were among other big names at the awards ceremony, hosted by Mary Hart, which recognizes a cross-section of films in the Oscar conversation.

Festival chairman Harold Matzner told the Convention Center audience that 10 of last year’s 11 honorees ended up with Academy Award nominations. The annual gala is regularly scheduled a week after the first round of Oscar ballots are sent to voters.

One of the lively moments of the night came when Pitt encouraged the audience to sing
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Brad Pitt leads an 'Oyelowo' sing-along at Palm Springs awards gala

  • Hitfix
Brad Pitt leads an 'Oyelowo' sing-along at Palm Springs awards gala
Palm Springs — The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival lit up the desert night sky Saturday night with an awards gala recognizing top prospects in this year's Oscar race. Talent from films like "Gone Girl," "Birdman," "The Theory of Everything," "Still Alice" and "Wild," among others, was on hand to ring in the new year with towering statues dished out on a massive stage that seemed to scream out, "This is a serious awards season stop!" Early honors went to breakthrough performances from Rosamund Pike ("Gone Girl") and David Oyleowo ("Selma"). The latter was introduced by "Selma" producer Brad Pitt, who said he wanted to broach a subject that everyone was thinking about. No, it wasn't recent criticism of the film's historical accuracy, but rather, how to pronounce Oyelowo's last name. "You're going to be referencing this name for years to come," he exclaimed. "You have to learn this!
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10 Actors Poised To Be the Next Ryan Gosling

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Ryan Gosling can’t be Ryan Gosling forever. This year, he’s made moves away from his current position as Hollywood’s King of All Things Hot. He’s wifing up, taking a break from filming, and fulfilling Dilf duty with his newborn babygirl, which leaves the throne wide open. Which of Hollywood’s other hotties has what it takes to fill Gosling’s shoes? Which one can make you feel turned on, protected, rejected, and intrigued all at the same damn time? These 10 actors are certainly worth considering.

Jamie Dornan

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Fifty Shades of Grey will be Jamie Dornan’s The Notebook. Regardless of whether critics love or hate the film, women and their BFFs will flock to the movies in droves and fall in love with Dornan as a brooding, charming, sexy billionaire with a secret, just like they did with Gosling’s bleeding heart Noah. It’s unavoidable.
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Watch: 'Foxcatcher' Screenwriters on the Long Road to the Final Movie

Watch: 'Foxcatcher' Screenwriters on the Long Road to the Final Movie
Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" took its time coming to the screen. Screenwriter and USC professor Howard Rodman ("Savage Grace") grills the film's two screenwriters, first E. Max Frye ("Something Wild") who started writing the John DuPont murder mystery back in 2007, and then Dan Futterman (who also worked with Miller on the Oscar-nominated script for "Capote") on the long road to the final "Foxcatcher," whose stars Steve Carrell, Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo have been nabbing awards buzz. Read here: my long interview with Miller and video interviews with him and the cast at Toronto. "The people we felt primarily responsible to were the people who were hurt by what happened," says Futterman. They feel well served, he says in the video below. "John DuPont had some mental health issues...We made an effort to find some root reasons for why he behaved the way he did...loneliness, a feeling of inadequacy.
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Julianne Moore Becomes Oscar Frontrunner!

The whole year, I have been looking for The Oscar season frontrunner for Best Actress. I was hoping Shailene Woodley from "The Fault in Our Stars" would squeak in, but now, the lovely, talented, and ultra-sweet Julianne Moore is the one to beat!

Her double whammy performances for "Map to the Stars" and "Still Alice" solidify that notion. And just this morning, the Palm Springs International Film Festival just called her The best actress of the year! Moore will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the festival's Awards Gala.

I can't wait! I will be on the red carpet to chat it up with the fantastic Miss Moore! She will be joining the equally talented Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" at the gala where the actor is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.

Here's the full press release from the Psiff:

Palm Springs,
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