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Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield” Acquired by IFC Films

24 March 2017 12:02 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Wakefield

Love “Breaking Bad” and miss watching Bryan Cranston scale new heights of self-destructive behavior? You’re in luck. Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield” has found a home. A press release announced that IFC Films has acquired the drama, which sees Cranston playing a father and husband who abandons his family and hides in their attic. Walter White may be gone, but Cranston has found another fictional family to wreak havoc on.

An adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story, “Wakefield” follows “successful suburbanite commuter Howard Wakefield (Cranston), [who] takes a perverse detour from family life: He vanishes without a trace. Hidden in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night, Howard secretly observes the lives of his wife (Jennifer Garner) and children and neighbors,” the film’s official synopsis details. “‘Wakefield’ becomes a fraught meditation on marriage and identity, as Howard slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family; he has left himself.”

Swicord made her feature directorial debut with 2007’s “The Jane Austen Book Club,” a romantic drama starring Emily Blunt and Maria Bello about — as its title suggests — a book club that discusses the works of Jane Austen. Her screenwriting credits include “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Little Women,” and “Matilda.” In 2009 Swicord received an Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

When we asked Swicord what she’d like people to think about after watching “Wakefield,” she said, “I’d love for people to find themselves crowded with a variety of competing thoughts, along the lines of, ‘Where will this story go from here?’; ‘What was going on, on her side of the story?’; ‘Could I ever forgive him?’; ‘Could I ever do what he did? And what do I think would happen if I did?’; ‘Could this man have changed as much, without doing something as drastic?’; and ‘What does it take to reclaim yourself? What has to be sacrificed?’”

The film’s theatrical run will begin May 19 in New York. You can catch “Wakefield” on VOD May 26.

Robin Swicord’s “Wakefield” Acquired by IFC Films was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Hamptons Film Festival Names Mentors for Screenwriters Lab

22 March 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Hamptons International Film Festival (Hiff) has locked in the group of filmmakers that will serve as mentors for the fest’s 17th annual Screenwriters Lab, with a roster of participants including including Robin Swicord (pictured above), screenwriter of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Wakefield”; David Siegel, the co-writer, producer, and director of the indie-film “Uncertainty”; and Ted Griffin, co-writer of “Ocean’s Eleven” and producer of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

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Screenwriter and producer Michael H. Weber (“500 Days of Summer,” “The Fault in Our Stars”), who served as a mentor at last year’s festival, will speak at a Master Class during the lab, set to run over three days in April.

The Hamptons Lab pairs up-and-coming scribes with established screenwriters, directors and producers for a weekend of one-on-one mentoring sessions. For this year’s program, »

- Sarah Ahern

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Netflix Pays $105M to Reunite Scorsese, De Niro, Pesci and Pacino

28 February 2017 10:38 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With its dominance in television already secured, the Netflix streaming service has been branching out to narrative features in recent years, with films such as Beasts of No Nation and the upcoming Bright, which released its first trailer during the Oscars this weekend. The streaming service has now made another bold move to acquire a highly-anticipated film, director Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, which reunites silver screen legends Robert De Niro and Al Pacino. Netflix reportedly shelled out $105 million for the global rights to this film, which is eyeing a 2019 release on Netflix that would come day-and-date with an Oscar-qualifying theatrical run.

IndieWire broke this story as the film continues its work in pre-production, which was previously set up at Paramount Pictures. Martin Scorsese still has a first-look production deal with Paramount Pictures that runs through 2019. Paramount also sold off the international rights to The Irishman for $50 million to Stx »

- MovieWeb

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Art of Motion Picture Costume Designs Draws Oscar-Nominated Frocks and Suits

24 February 2017 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Perhaps the only thing more spectacular than the costumes at the opening night of the 25th Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition were the attendees, dressed to the nines in elaborate hats and intricate sequined cocktail dresses. The costumes on display at the exhibition, sectioned off into groups representative of the year’s most glamour-filled and best-designed films, mimicked the guests’ glad rags in style and flamboyance, expanding on their luxe extravagance and drama.

Fans of film fashion will be able to check out the exhibit until April 22. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, located in downtown Los Angeles, charges no fee for admission to the three-room show, where guests can wander through 1950s Pittsburgh (à la “Fences”), Underland (“Alice Through the Looking Glass”), all the way to ancient Japan (“Kubo and the Two Strings”). Oscar-nominated costumes from “Allied” (designed by Joanna Johnston), “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” (Colleen Atwood, »

- Dani Levy

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‘David Fincher & The Craft of Music Videos’ Goes Deep on the Filmmaker’s Rich Pop Video Career — Watch

21 February 2017 11:13 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Plenty of film fans and hardened cinephiles are familiar with David Fincher’s filmography of award-winning dramas like “The Social Network,” “Fight Club,” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” but other non-super fans may overlook his storied history with pop music. A new video essay from Patrick H. Willems seeks to fix that by analyzing what exactly made Fincher, in the words of Willems, “one of the best pop music video directors of all time.”

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The essay takes a deep dive into Fincher’s work on the videos for Madonna’s “Vogue,” Justin Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie,” and George Michael’s “Freedom.” Willems compares Fincher’s naturalized style to more mainstream pop videos, emphasizing the director’s rare talent for attention to detail, shooting choreography, and telling a story in a different medium. »

- Allison Picurro

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Watch a 1.5-Hour Talk With Mahershala Ali as He Joins Tom Hardy in ‘Triple Frontier’

15 February 2017 7:21 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Mahershalalhashbaz Gilmore, better known as Mahershala Ali, starred in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Place Beyond the Pines, and House of Cards, among other projects across the last decade or so, but he’s rightfully garnered newfound acclaim with his affecting supporting turn in Moonlight. Coming off his Oscar nomination and SAG win, he’s now find another major role.

After joining the James Cameron-produced Alita: Battle Angel, he’s now coming aboard Triple Frontier. The former Kathryn Bigelow project, now being directed by J.C. Chandor (All is Lost, A Most Violent Year), already has Tom Hardy and Channing Tatum as part of the ensemble. Scripted by Mark Boal, the thriller is set between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

The original iteration —  dating back to the early part of this decade when Tom Hanks, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn, Christian Bale, and Will Smith were all interested »

- Jordan Raup

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Art Directors Guild Awards 2017: ‘La La Land’ and ‘Hidden Figures’ Lead Winners

11 February 2017 10:10 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 21st Annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards ceremony was billed as a “Return to Hollywood.” Backdrops from classic films dotted the interior of the Ray Dolby Ballroom lobby. Johnny Crawford and his Orchestra kicked off the evening’s festivities with “Hooray for Hollywood.” Even a handful of the evening’s big winners were films that fit the theme perfectly.

As expected, “La La Land” continued its storybook run through awards season, with David Wasco’s team winning for Contemporary Film. In an upset, Wynn Thomas and the team from “Hidden Figures” took home honors in Period Film, despite “Hail, Caesar!” being the only of the category’s nominees to also pick up a nom for Oscars night. “It’s been a long journey to this moment,” said Thomas, who described being nominated at the very first Art Directors Guild award for “Mars Attacks!” “I’m so »

- Steve Greene

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Movie News: Jack Nicholson and Kristen Wiig to Star in 'Toni Erdmann' Remake; Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger in 'Aftermath' Trailer

8 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Toni Erdmann: Jack Nicholson will star opposite Kristen Wiig in a new version of German comedy Toni Erdmann. The Academy Award-nominated original follows a father who struggles to reconnect with his busy adult daughter. Reportedly, Nicholson saw the movie and enjoyed it so much that he suggested an English-language remake starring himself. It will be his first big-screen role since How Do You Know in 2010 (above). [Variety]   World War Z 2: Last year, we heard that Brad Pitt wanted David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, above) to direct the sequel to zombie epic World War Z. The project was just pulled from its planned theatrical release by Paramount, but Fincher is still "very creatively interested in directing the movie," according to one...

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Could David Fincher save the World War Z sequel?

8 February 2017 12:16 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the news that Paramount has pulled World War Z 2 from its 2017 schedule, fans of the Brad Pitt led zombie romp were left at a loss. However news has surfaced that director David Fincher could perhaps save the film.

Fincher had been previously rumoured to helm the project and according to The Hollywood Reporter, there is a source that says the Fight Club director is still “very creatively interested in directing the movie”.

Fincher has close ties with Brad Pitt, the star of the initial movie, having worked with him numerous times on films like Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Apparently Fincher was looking to make the film about a man and his family navigating a zombie apocalypse — at a budget much less than that of the original movie.

The source went on to say that “He (Fincher) really would like to do it, »

- Samuel Brace

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World War Z 2: David Fincher Still May Be Up To Direct Zombie Sequel

8 February 2017 10:44 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

In a move that really didn’t surprise anyone, Paramount quietly removed World War Z 2 from their 2017 release schedule. Many of us expected that the zombie sequel was deader than dead, as there’d been no director attached, no production in motion, and no real momentum. It would have taken a miracle for it to have hit its June 2017 release date. So what does this mean for World War Z 2 as a project? Is it dead in the water, or is there a chance for it to get a second life after further development (it’s not like the film franchise is a stranger to difficult development and production)?

Not so fast, Pessimist Peter, THR is now reporting that one of their sources has some extra insight into the project. Not only could World War Z 2 resurface, but there are rumblings that director David Fincher is “very »

- Joseph Medina

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David Fincher Still Wants to Direct World War Z 2

8 February 2017 10:13 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Fans of zombie movies are still waiting on a sequel to 2013's World War Z, which was, despite some bumps in the road, a success for Paramount. The development process for World War Z 2 has also been a little rocky so far, with the studio recently taking the sequel off of their release schedule for 2017. Paramount still wants the movie to happen and perhaps, more importantly, David Fincher wants to direct it.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Fincher, who worked with World War Z star Brad Pitt on Seven, Fight Club and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, is "very creatively interested in directing the movie." It was reported last year that Brad Pitt was trying to court David Fincher to direct World War Z 2 after director J.A. Bayona departed the project. Apparently, it worked. Here is what a source with knowledge of the situation had to say about it. »

- MovieWeb

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Despite Losing Release Date, World War Z Sequel Still Being Eyed by Director David Fincher

7 February 2017 3:58 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Following the revelation that the new Friday the 13th movie has been canceled after Paramount Pictures removed it from their release schedule, some are fearing that the World War Z sequel might suffer a similar fate after vacating its 2017 release slot, but it appears that director David Fincher is still interested in keeping the living dead project alive.

According to THR, David Fincher remains “very creatively interested in directing the movie” after Paramount took the sequel to 2013’s World War Z off of their release schedule, presumably to set it for a later release in 2018 or ’19. World War Z 2 was initially slated to come out on June 9th of this year.

Back in August, it was first reported that Finhcer was in early discussions with the film’s star and producer Brad Pitt to helm the sequel after J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) departed the project. Fincher has previously worked with Pitt on Se7en, »

- Derek Anderson

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Taraji P. Henson: Why The Super Bowl was So Sentimental For Her

6 February 2017 4:38 AM, PST | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Taraji P. Henson has become one of the most high profile actresses in the last five years.  While many may credit this to her role on Empire, that’s only a part of the picture.  Henson’s been a rising star in cinema ever since she appeared in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Hustle and Flow.  Her performance in Hidden Figures is just a reminder of how talented she is.  But yesterday with real life and acting aside, Henson felt a lot of emotion at the Super Bowl.   It was a subject that can hit home to all of us.

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- Nat Berman

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Taraji P Henson: 'I'm glad I kept my ego in check'

4 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

After years of bit parts, low pay and a breakthrough role in Empire, Taraji P Henson is taking the lead as a Nasa scientist

Some of the impact of Hidden Figures, a movie in which Taraji P Henson stars as Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician and one of the few African American women at Nasa during the early part of the space programme, comes from the assumption of progress. The film opens in the 1950s, with Johnson being harassed by a white cop when her car breaks down on the way to work, and closes with footage of President Obama giving the now 98-year-old the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The implication is clear: just look how far we’ve come.

Today, Henson is in a New York hotel room, shimmering with exhaustion and the thrill, after years of playing second and third fiddle in movies, of assuming a starring role. »

- Emma Brockes

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Taraji P Henson: 'I'm glad I kept my ego in check'

4 February 2017 3:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After years of bit parts, low pay and a breakthrough role in Empire, Taraji P Henson is taking the lead as a Nasa scientist

Some of the impact of Hidden Figures, a movie in which Taraji P Henson stars as Katherine Johnson, a brilliant mathematician and one of the few African American women at Nasa during the early part of the space programme, comes from the assumption of progress. The film opens in the 1950s, with Johnson being harassed by a white cop when her car breaks down on the way to work, and closes with footage of President Obama giving the now 98-year-old the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The implication is clear: just look how far we’ve come.

Today, Henson is in a New York hotel room, shimmering with exhaustion and the thrill, after years of playing second and third fiddle in movies, of assuming a starring role. »

- Emma Brockes

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Skin Drier Than Ever? 6 Easy Ways to Fix It Now

31 January 2017 12:20 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In the United States alone, nearly 31.6 million people suffer from eczema – which is defined as inflamed, rough blisters on the skin that cause severe itchiness (and anyone can get) – at some point in their lives. And troublesome dry, itchy skin doesn’t discriminate. Kim Kardashian West has publicly documented her struggle with psoriasis (another type of itchy red patches on the skin) and Brad Pitt reportedly borrowed cream from Cate Blanchett for eczema that broke out when the two filmed The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.

And now as we’re in the heart of winter, this skin problem’s in its prime. »

- Kaitlyn Frey

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Mahershala Ali Says ‘I Am a Muslim’ After Winning SAG Supporting Actor Award for ‘Moonlight’

29 January 2017 5:39 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mahershala Ali has won the SAG Supporting Actor award for his role as a drug dealer in the coming-of-age drama “Moonlight.”

The award was announced Sunday in ceremonies at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Ali topped Jeff Bridges for “Hell or High Water,” Hugh Grant for “Florence Foster Jenkins,” Lucas Hedges for “Manchester by the Sea,” and Dev Patel for “Lion.”

In his acceptance speech, an emotional Ali talked about his conversion to Islam and how he and his mother were able to reconcile that, a reflection of the current political climate.

“My mother is an ordained minister. I am a Muslim. She didn’t do backflips when I called her and told her I converted 17 years ago,” he explained. “But we put things to the side and I was able to see her. She is able to see me. We love each other. The love has grown, and that stuff’s minutiae. »

- Dave McNary

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SAG Awards Predictions 2017: Who Will Win

27 January 2017 1:02 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p.m. Et. Could Denzel Washington upset the season’s strongest overall contender, Casey Affleck? Is “Veep” poised to finally bring home an ensemble win on the TV side? And might “Hidden Figures” surprise with the evening’s final prize? See what our experts think below.

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Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Jenelle Riley’s Pick: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea

It’s time to see if Affleck’s run of critical awards is reflected by his peers. It could go several ways — don’t underestimate Denzel Washington — but I’m sticking with Affleck at this point.

Kris Tapley’s Pick: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea

Indeed, Washington has somehow never won a SAG Award. They have a chance to rectify that by honoring one of his greatest performances yet, but »

- Debra Birnbaum, Geoff Berkshire, Jenelle Riley and Kristopher Tapley

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SAG Awards Predictions 2017: Who Will Win

27 January 2017 1:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be held Sunday at 5 p.m. Pt/8 p.m. Et. Could Denzel Washington upset the season’s strongest overall contender, Casey Affleck? Is “Veep” poised to finally bring home an ensemble win on the TV side? And might “Hidden Figures” surprise with the evening’s final prize? See what our experts think below.

Film

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Jenelle Riley’s Pick: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea

It’s time to see if Affleck’s run of critical awards is reflected by his peers. It could go several ways — don’t underestimate Denzel Washington — but I’m sticking with Affleck at this point.

Kris Tapley’s Pick: Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea

Indeed, Washington has somehow never won a SAG Award. They have a chance to rectify that by honoring one of his greatest performances yet, »

- Debra Birnbaum, Geoff Berkshire, Jenelle Riley and Kristopher Tapley

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Oscars: ‘La La Land’ Sets Its Sights on the Record for Most Wins

26 January 2017 12:42 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Honestly, I didn’t see 14 nominations coming for “La La Land” and I was pretty vocal about it. I couldn’t really fathom the sound branch defaulting to a musical in the sound editing category, but they did, and the movie tied the all-time record for Oscar nominations.

Now that the landscape is set, though, it’s hard not to expect Damien Chazelle’s unbridled success story to charge through to another milestone: the 11 win record currently shared by “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” It could even break it.

We’ll have a little more data to go on after the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild Awards this weekend, but at the moment, it’s pretty clear that “La La Land” is the frontrunner for picture and director. And while Isabelle Huppert (“Elle”) and Natalie Portman (“Jackie”) have dominated the critics »

- Kristopher Tapley

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