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Film Junk Podcast Episode #623: Detroit and Girls Trip

8 August 2017 5:16 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 – Intro 10:25 – Review: Detroit 1:08:05 – Review: Girls Trip 1:22:24 – Headlines: Death Wish Trailer, Disney to Use Facial Recognition to Gather Data in Theatres, Al Gore’s Top 5 Movies 1:51:10 – Other Stuff We Watched: The Lost City of Z, Cape Fear (1991), Wizards, Aeon Flux, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Booty […] »

- Sean

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Atomic Blonde Review: Dir. David Leitch (2017)

4 August 2017 5:41 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Atomic Blonde review: Charlize Theron channels her inner John Wick in this eighties-set spy action-thriller.

Atomic Blonde review by Kat Hughes.

Atomic Blonde review

Director David Leitch has been in the movie industry for years. He started life as a stunt double, most notably working on The Matrix films, before venturing into directing with stunt-mate Chad Stahelski. The duo’s first project, John Wick, took the world by storm. What on paper should have been a terrible Dtv, was actually an inventive an incredible tour-de-force. Now Leitch ventures out on his own with Atomic Blonde.

Atomic Blonde sees Charlize Theron take centre stage in an eighties-set tale of Cold War spies. Theron plays Lorraine Broughton, an MI6 agent, tasked with retrieving an important list from Berlin during the fall of the Berlin Wall. Upon arrival, she partners with David Percival (played by James McAvoy), an embedded station chief, to navigate »

- Kat Hughes

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Every Charlize Theron Performance, Ranked From Worst to Best

2 August 2017 9:49 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Everything from Aeon Flux to Atomic Blonde. »

- Will Leitch and Tim Grierson

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The Female Action Hero

31 July 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe on female action heroes…

With the impending UK release of Atomic Blonde, it now seems a good time to consider the female action hero. You may think this ‘phenomena’ only stretches back to around the time Sigourney Weaver donned a mecha-suit, but it goes back further. There has certainly been a significant rise in the last two decades in female lead action movies, but still, particularly on the big screen, they remain the exception to the rule. For whatever reason I suppose they’ve generally not sold as successfully as the male counterparts. Maybe the atypical grunting, stoic action caveman suits the male species more, but perhaps there’s still an inherent sexism. Indeed, when the ladies have it their own action piece there tends to be a level of exploitation (Atomic Blonde has all the hallmarks of an explo film going by the trailers, but in a »

- Amie Cranswick

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Charlize Theron kicks major ass in “Atomic Blonde”

26 July 2017 11:01 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

There’s a fight sequence almost two thirds of the way through Atomic Blonde that I’m convinced is going to go down as an all time classic. It will rock your socks, plain and simple. The whole movie actually is pretty strong when it comes to action sequences. That being said, the real selling point is Charlize Theron, who turns in her most kick ass performance to date. She’s truly spectacular here, showing that what she did in Mad Max: Fury Road (we can pretend things like Aeon Flux never happened) wasn’t a one off. This week, the film hits theaters and should delight those of you who wish more women would get to kick some ass. Trust me, ass is kicked here, to say the least. Discussing the plot of this movie is kind of dumb, since it makes no sense, but here goes nothing. Told in flashbacks, »

- Joey Magidson

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Charlie Theron Talks Failure Of ‘Aeon Flux,’ Franchise Plans Eyed For ‘Atomic Blonde’

12 July 2017 6:45 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Thirteen years ago, Charlize Theron took home an Oscar for her work in “Monster,” and two years later she was nominated again for “North Country.” Academy accolades haven’t landed for the actress since, but she may have found a new career niche as an action star. She was the super-charged co-star of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” played the villain in “The Fate Of The Furious,” and will kick more ass this summer in “Atomic Blonde.” However, had things gone differently, Theron would’ve been tentpole material long, long ago.

Continue reading Charlie Theron Talks Failure Of ‘Aeon Flux,’ Franchise Plans Eyed For ‘Atomic Blonde’ at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Charlize Theron Knew Aeon Flux Would Flop: "We F--ked It All Up"

11 July 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Charlize Theron is nothing if not self-aware. In the latest issue of Variety (on newsstands now), the actress admits her career took a surprising turn after she won an Oscar in 2004 for Monster. "As far as work goes, it opens up a lot of doors. But also, it's so overwhelming to have everybody clamoring and saying, 'This is what you should do.' There's so much noise," Theron recalls. "I felt a little unstable afterwards." How did the actress find her way? "Someone else wins," she says. "So it takes it off you." One of Theron's first post-Oscar projects was Aeon Flux, based on the animated science fiction television series of the same name. "I got offered »

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How Charlize Theron Got Ripped, Bruised (and Naked!) for ‘Atomic Blonde’

11 July 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Playing an ass-kicking international spy can’t be easy, but Charlize Theron really suffered for her craft in “Atomic Blonde.” She twisted her knee, bruised her ribs and had to undergo extensive dental surgery, because she clenched down so hard on her jaw she cracked two teeth while getting in shape to throw burly men over her shoulders.

“It happened the first month of training,” Theron says. “I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life.” She thought it was just a cavity at first, until her dentist told her she’d need to have an operation before leaving for the shoot in Budapest. “Having to cut one of the teeth out and root canals,” Theron says. “It was tough. You want to be in your best fighting shape, and it’s hard. I had the removal and I had to put a donor bone in there to heal until I came back »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Comic-Con 2017: Entertainment Weekly Panels to Feature Charlize Theron & David Harbour

8 July 2017 7:21 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Entertainment Weekly will pay tribute to memorable characters and the actors who play them on both the big and small screens at this year's Comic-Con, as their "Women Who Kick Ass" Hall H panel will feature Charlize Theron (who is also on the cover of EW's special Comic-Con issue), while their "Brave New Warriors" panel will include David Harbour (Jim Hopper from Stranger Things):

Press Release: New York, NY (July 5, 2017) – Time Inc.’s (NYSE: Time) Entertainment Weekly plans to raise the bar even higher at Comic-Con 2017 by presenting its first-ever Icon Edition of fan-favorite panel, “Women Who Kick Ass,” featuring Atomic Blonde star and producer Charlize Theron on Saturday, July 22. Theron, an Oscar-winning actress who consistently embodies strength, searing intelligence and steely determination on screen, is the perfect icon to inaugurate this annual panel which celebrates and recognizes the most powerful, empowering female stars in pop culture.

Theron will »

- Derek Anderson

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Karyn Kusama interview: Xx, women in horror, scary movies in times of adversity

25 April 2017 1:35 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sarah Dobbs May 8, 2017

The director of The Invitation and Jennifer’s Body talks horror anthologies and low-budget filmmaking…

You’d be forgiven for being a bit fed up with hearing about women in horror at this point. Over the last few years, there’ve been any number of trend pieces written about exciting new female horror directors, all excitedly pointing out that horror isn’t just a boys’ club any more. And that’s kind of frustrating, for two reasons: because horror never was just for boys in the first place, and because we’re still nowhere near achieving any kind of equality behind the camera.

It’s something director Karyn Kusama knows better than most. Her career is built on stories that challenge gender norms (her 2000 debut Girlfight starred Michelle Rodriguez as an underdog determined to make it in the male-dominated world of boxing, while 2009’s Jennifer’s Body »

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From Angelina Jolie to Daisy Ridley, Here’s the Top 14 Female Action Stars Working Today

4 April 2017 4:12 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” brought us our first genuine female action hero in Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Despite the three sequels that followed, Ripley proved to be something of an outlier. Until fairly recently, a woman could kill someone in a movie only if she faced brutal punishment afterward, as in Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” or in the inevitable fates of Bond girls: They could dole out lethal action, but rarely survived.

Today, ass-kicking women are no longer an anomaly or subject to automatic retribution. This weekend, we watched Scarlett Johansson lay waste to her enemies (although not the box office) in “Ghost in the Shell,” following a path blazed by the likes of Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). These roles may strike a blow for equality and diversity, but what these women — and »

- Anne Thompson

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From Angelina Jolie to Daisy Ridley, Here’s the Top 14 Female Action Stars Working Today

4 April 2017 4:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Way back in 1979, Ridley Scott’s “Alien” brought us our first genuine female action hero in Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley. Despite the three sequels that followed, Ripley proved to be something of an outlier. Until fairly recently, a woman could kill someone in a movie only if she faced brutal punishment afterward, as in Scott’s “Thelma and Louise,” or in the inevitable fates of Bond girls: They could dole out lethal action, but rarely survived.

Today, ass-kicking women are no longer an anomaly or subject to automatic retribution. This weekend, we watched Scarlett Johansson lay waste to her enemies (although not the box office) in “Ghost in the Shell,” following a path blazed by the likes of Linda Hamilton (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”), Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), and Michelle Yeoh (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”). These roles may strike a blow for equality and diversity, but what these women — and »

- Anne Thompson

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T2 Trainspotting movie review: GenX running out of steam but chugging on

22 March 2017 2:31 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… The sparse, cold satisfaction that could be wrung from Trainspotting’s punk insolence has been replaced by an exhausted cynicism. Which is exactly right. I’m “biast” (pro): love the 1996 film

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Choose life,” Mark Renton suggested back in 1996, when he was a heroin addict in Edinburgh. Mark’s advice was ironic, of course, because he “chose not to choose life” and was courting death by overdose or death by AIDS-acquired-via-a-shared-needle. But the life he was rebelling against was one of conformity and consumerism — “choose a fucking big television; choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers” — a life in which no one actually has much choice anyway. So, while Trainspotting hardly romanticizes drug addiction — the film’s depictions of the »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Image announces surrealist sci-fi anthology Paklis

16 March 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Image Comics has announced the upcoming release of Paklis, a new sci-fi anthology series from writer and artist Dustin Weaver, which sees the characters in three mind-bending stories find themselves faced with dark, existential questions that will haunt readers.

“My influences on this series range from Kafka to Miyazaki. The Twilight Zone, Aeon Flux cartoons, and the comics of Moebius and Otomo are all major touchstones,” said Weaver.

In “Mushroom Bodies,” Greg struggles with knowing what’s real and fears becoming complacent in a world of human insects.

In the first installment of “Sagittarius A*,” war hero Linus Rad is on a mission to the center of the galaxy to learn the dark secrets of his dead father’s scientific experiments. 

In the first chapter of “Amnia Cycle,” Tara, a young Jet-Wing pilot, goes Awol in the war against the Nuriel in order to help Amnia, a mysterious alien with »

- Gary Collinson

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Indie Movie Guide: The All-Female Directed 'Xx'

22 February 2017 10:34 AM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

It's a fact that mainstream Hollywood has a serious lack of female directors making movies today, and one genre in particular that rarely sees a woman at the helm is horror. This changes with the horror anthology Xx, which has four short films by four different female directors including Karyn Kusama (Aeon Flux, Jennifer's Body), all with female leads. One of those leads may look familiar: Melanie Lynskey, whom you may recognize from TV shows like Two and a Half Men and movies like...

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Karyn Kusama On Making Horror Films and Fighting Evil in the Age of Trump

15 February 2017 10:59 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

No one is more surprised by Karyn Kusama’s second act as a horror filmmaker than Kusama herself. Best known in the early aughts for her girl power-driven, high energy offerings “Girlfight” and the Charlize Theron-starring “Aeon Flux” film adaptation, Kusama dipped a toe into horror with 2009’s icky-great “Jennifer’s Body.” It was the perfect feature to kick off the next part of her career, blending her desire to tell female-centric stories alongside genuinely gag-inducing scenes that would feel at home in any horror film.

With 2015’s lauded “The Invitation,” Kusama completed the leap, helming the psychological thriller with white-knuckle ease, a horror story about broken relationships and broken people gussied up into a cross-genre nailbiter. In short, it was scary. And making that kind of film instantly changed the expectations regarding the kind of films that Kusama wanted to make in the future.

“I don’t know »

- Kate Erbland

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2017 Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts Review: Pixar Looms Large, But Many of These Nominees Will Make You Cry

9 February 2017 10:51 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Oscar for best animated short film may not generate nearly as much attention as other categories, but it strikes an exciting contrast with the more traditional forms of storytelling found throughout other categories.

These films usually celebrate animators from around the world — including a number of up-and-comers — who apply a range of visual techniques and sophisticated concepts only possible in the animated medium. This year is entirely North American, but still features a lot of different approaches — and yet, ironically, the frontrunner in the category is a very familiar name: Pixar.

Read More: 2017 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts Review: Humanity Prevails in This Politically Charged Group

Fortunately, the company’s latest short deserves the hype. Of course, just landing a nomination helps bring additional attention to these titles, and anyone seeking them out will discover an exciting range of experiences. While this isn’t the strongest list of nominees in recent years, »

- Eric Kohn

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‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’: How an Imperfect Life Became an Oscar Contender

1 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

For animator/illustrator Robert Valley, the imperfections of life and art magnificently come together in his Oscar-nominated short, “Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” about his friendship with a self-destructive daredevil, who died despite reaching out to the filmmaker for help to get a liver transplant in China.

Valley first wrote about his childhood friend, Techno, in two self-published graphic novels. He was a gifted athlete but, even at a young age, drawn to danger like a moth to the flame. It’s a dark, tragic, passionate account of the American Dream gone bad and the idealism of loyalty and hero worship.

Read More: ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Video Compares the Trailers for the 1991 Animated Film and New Live-Action Version – Watch

Yet even after the graphic novels, the Vancouver filmmaker (best known for “Aeon Flux,” “Wonder Woman” shorts, and Gorillaz music videos) was compelled to make a short about Techno. He set »

- Bill Desowitz

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Sundance ’17: The Horizon Award Supports Emerging Women Filmmakers

26 January 2017 4:22 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

The Horizon Award Co-Founders — Christine Vachon, Lynette Howell Tayler, Cassian Elwes, and CEO of ShivHans Pictures — Shivani Rawat

(Photo by: Dan Campbell / Horizon Award)The Horizon Award heads back to Sundance Film Festival for its third year and cofounders Cassien Elwes, Lynette Howell Taylor and Christine Vachon bring new and returning sponsors.

The Wme Lounge in Park City, Utah during the 2017 Sundance Film Festival hosted the crowded celebratory event where everyone freely mixed and met each other.

Six directors judged the final 53 films to select the two winners. Catherine Hardwicke (“Thirteen”, “Twilight”), Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”, “Carrie”), Jamie Babbit (“But I’m a Cheerleader”, “Addicted to Fresno”), Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer’s Body”, “Æon Flux”), Tina Mabry (“Mississippi Damned”, “Queen Sugar”), and Vicky Jenson (“Shrek”, “Shark Tale”) chose. Brittany “B Monét” Fennell and Andy Villanueva whose self-directed short films of two minutes or less were submitted through the website (www. »

- Sydney Levine

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The Best Movies Directed by Women in 2016

18 January 2017 9:43 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Our 22 Favorite Movies Directed by Women in 2016Looking to support great female-directed films? Start here.

Over the years, we’ve heard from our readers that one of the most important things we can do is to help you discover movies that may have slipped by mainstream audiences. And often just as important, our readers ask that we highlight voices that are in the minority in Hollywood. While we’re known for not taking ourselves very seriously, we take this part of our work seriously. Because as many studies have shown, there are some voices that aren’t as well-represented as others. Them’s the facts.

Beyond that, our team has a passion for seeking out and celebrating films directed by women. This is where we often find, as you’re about to see in this list, some of the most unique and interesting stories in the whole of cinema. Another thing we hear often from readers is »

- Film School Rejects

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