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Joey King, Jack Kilmer Starring in Coming-of-Age Indie 'Summer 03'

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Joey King, Jack Kilmer and Andrea Savage are starring in Summer '03, a coming-of-age indie written and being directed by newcomer Becca Gleason.

Paul Scheer, Erin Darke, Stephen Ruffin and June Squibb are also starring in the ensemble piece that began shooting Tuesday in Atlanta.

Inspired by true events, Summer '03 is described as a dramedy reminiscent in tone to Little Miss Sunshine. It centers on a 16-year-old girl (King) and her extended family who are left reeling after her calculating grandmother (Squibb) unveils an array of secrets on her deathbed. The girl is left to navigate her nascent love »

- Borys Kit

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Tiff Review: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Capably Feeds Off the Current Zeitgeist

16 September 2017 6:03 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs captured the imagination of not only tennis enthusiasts, but of the whole world. There has always been the persistent rumor that Riggs threw the match to settle debts with the mob. Whether or not that is true seems highly irrelevant to directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s depiction of the events.

The latest film from the duo behind Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, aptly titled Battle of the Sexes, seems to be the kind of project that was quickly green lit to feed off of the current zeitgeist. It stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell as the competitors and feels as relevant as any movie released this year. The drama recounts the events that led to the historic tennis match between the 29-year-old, number two-ranked tennis sensation Billie Jean King, and the retired, boorish former Open champ Bobby Riggs. »

- The Film Stage

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And the First Ever Emmy for Music Supervision Goes to… a Woman

14 September 2017 9:09 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The first ever Emmy Award for music supervision was handed out on Sept. 10 to Susan Jacobs for “Big Little Lies.” In a field traditionally dominated by men, particularly on the composition side, the win makes the veteran curator and former label executive a trailblazer in the craft of putting song to picture. The episode that clinched it: the finale titled “You Get What You Need,” referencing the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Gets What You Want,” which played knowingly in the background, but was sung by the artist Ituana. The show also featured a spine-tingling rendition of Elvis Presley’s “Don’t,” performed by Zoe Kravitz. Elvis’ classic “It’s Now or Never” was another highlight.

Jacobs has a distinguished resume that includes music supervision on such films as “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” and TV series like Amazon’s “Mozart in the Jungle” and HBO’s “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” Among »

- Shirley Halperin

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Star Wars 9 Gets Justice League and Batman v Superman Writer

12 September 2017 11:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It was exactly one week ago that LucasFilm made the blockbuster announcement that Colin Trevorrow was out as the director of Star Wars 9, and today the studio announced that J.J. Abrams will replace him at the helm. While that was obviously massive news, the studio also made another announcement, revealing that J.J. Abrams will be co-writing the script with franchise newcomer Chris Terrio, best known for writing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming Justice League. The studio didn't divulge any story details, but it seems likely that both J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio may be starting over from scratch.

The LucasFilm announcement revealed that J.J. Abrams will produce with his Bad Robot company and Michelle Rejwan, alongside LucasFilm president Kathleen Kennedy. Back in August, it was revealed that Jack Thorne has come aboard to rewrite the script, which was originally written by Colin Trevorrow and his longtime writing partner Derek Connolly. »

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Tiff 2017: ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Review: Dirs. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (2017)

11 September 2017 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Battle Of The Sexes review: Emma Stone and Steve Carell serve up convincing performances in this enjoyable true story from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine.

Battle Of The Sexes review by Paul Heath.

From the team behind the superb Little Miss Sunshine comes this true story of the infamous Battle Of The Sexes of the title, the 1973 highly-charged exhibition tennis match where the legendary Billie Jean King took on 55-year-old former grand slam winner, and self-confessed ‘male chauvinist pig’ Bobby Riggs.

Emma Stone portrays the role of King, the 29-year-old pro who famously dropped out of the main U.S. tour after a major disagreement over prize money awarded to men, which was more than eight times what women received for the same tournament. King, along with a bunch of other pros, go out on their own by setting up a new tour with much higher prize money, put »

- Paul Heath

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Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Valerie Faris — “Battle of the Sexes”

8 September 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Battle of the Sexes”: Fox Searchlight

Valerie Faris and her husband, Jonathan Dayton, have co-directed music videos for R.E.M., The Smashing Pumpkins, Janet Jackson, Oasis, and many others in the 1990s and 2000s. Their previous film credits include “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Ruby Sparks.”

Battle of the Sexes” will premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10. Dayton co-directed the film.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Vf: The film is an intimate portrayal of the private lives of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs leading up to the Battle of the Sexes match.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Vf: I was particularly interested in the story of Billie Jean beginning a kind of personal transformation by becoming a leader in the fight for equal pay for women in tennis while having her first affair with a woman.

Billie Jean’s courage to put so much on the line to make change both in her professional and personal life remains very inspiring to me.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Vf: I hope they will go out and have a stimulating conversation about the thoughts and feelings the film raised for them, how it relates to their own lives, and — maybe in the bigger picture — what has changed in the last 44 years and what has not.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Vf: I think we all felt pressure to do justice to these larger than life characters. We worked to keep each character dimensional and the film complex, never reducing anyone or any subject to a cliché or a binary argument.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Vf: Fox Searchlight and Danny Boyle and Christian Colson brought the film to us. I think they liked the idea of a husband and wife team directing a film titled “Battle of the Sexes.” This is our third film with Fox Searchlight.

By normal Hollywood standards this is a low-budget production, but it’s our biggest budget yet and big by Searchlight standards as well. We were fortunate to put together an amazing cast that made greenlighting the movie very easy.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Toronto International Film Festival?

Vf: It’s a real thrill to screen the film alongside so many other great films. It’s the ideal way to release a film: With a festival to usher it into the world, it gets the conversation going about the film in a very organic way.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Vf: Never go to bed angry at your husband/partner.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Vf: Probably what I would tell all filmmakers — and myself for that matter — is to do what you are uniquely suited to do, don’t judge yourself, and put a lot of love and hard work into what you’re doing.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Vf: This is the hardest question. There are so many I love. Andrea Arnold’s “Red Road” and “Fish Tank” are two of my favorites. I love her style of storytelling. There’s so much drama but it never feels forced or contrived. I’m always right with the characters following them through the surprising turns of the story.

I’m also a big fan of Robbie Ryan’s cinematography. He worked on both of those films.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Vf: With so many venues to present films now, there should be more opportunities as well. I think it’s our turn. The public is ready for some new blood and new stories.

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Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Valerie Faris — “Battle of the Sexes” 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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Peter Rice Promoted to President of 21st Century Fox

6 September 2017 9:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Longtime Fox executive Peter Rice has been promoted to the corporate suite as president of 21st Century Fox.

Rice will continue to oversee the majority of Fox’s domestic television operations, as well as the international channels group. He will retain his title as chairman-ceo of Fox Networks Group, a role he’s held since 2012.  In that capacity he already works closely on strategic planning and business development with 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and chairman Lachlan Murdoch.

The corporate title is designed to recognize his success as the leader of Fox Networks Group, notably the cable channels that are so crucial to the parent company’s bottom line.

Reporting structures on the Fox lot will not change with Rice’s promotion. Film chief Stacey Snider continues to report directly to 21st Century Fox chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch. The New York-based Fox News operation reports in through 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Peter Rice Promoted to President of 21st Century Fox

6 September 2017 9:34 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Longtime Fox executive Peter Rice has been promoted to the corporate suite as president of 21st Century Fox.

Rice will continue to oversee the majority of Fox’s domestic television operations, as well as the international channels group. He will retain his title as chairman-ceo of Fox Networks Group, a role he’s held since 2012.  In that capacity he already works closely on strategic planning and business development with 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and chairman Lachlan Murdoch.

The corporate title is designed to recognize his success as the leader of Fox Networks Group, notably the cable channels that are so crucial to the parent company’s bottom line.

Reporting structures on the Fox lot will not change with Rice’s promotion. Film chief Stacey Snider continues to report directly to 21st Century Fox chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch. The New York-based Fox News operation reports in through 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch.

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- Cynthia Littleton

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Watch: Emma Stone and Steve Carell Take You Behind the Historic Real-Life Tennis Showdown of Battle of the Sexes

6 September 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Emma Stone and Steve Carell want you to know that there’s more to The Battle of the Sexes than entertainment value.

In an exclusive featurette about the upcoming film, the two stars and directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) explain the historical impact of the event that inspired their big screen adaptation.

“It’s called Battle of the Sexes and it’s about Billie Jean vs. Bobby Riggs,” says Dayton over introductory clips from the film featuring Carell as “misogynist” pro Bobby Riggs taunting Stone as tennis legend Billie Jean King.

“Billy Jean is probably the »

- Kara Warner

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Reviews Praise Emma Stone’s ‘Extraordinary’ Work As Billie Jean King

4 September 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Emma Stone earned the best reviews of her career and a Best Actress Oscar for her work in “La La Land,” so anyone paying attention to the awards race this year should take notice when critics say she has “never been better” in “Battle of the Sexes.” The sports drama, directed by “Little Miss Sunshine” duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, premiered at Telluride over the weekend and critics are unanimous in their praise for Stone’s top-notch lead role.

The actress is front and center as tennis icon Billie Jean King, who fights for gender equality and discovers her sexuality while fending off her fiercest rival, Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), inside and outside the court. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called Stone “brilliant” and “immediately believable” in the lead role.

Read More:‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review: Emma Stone Is Brilliant in an Uneven Billie Jean King Biopic that Wasn »

- Zack Sharf

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Telluride Film Review: ‘Lady Bird’

4 September 2017 2:38 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

By the time you read this, you’ll probably have a pretty good idea of what the movie “Lady Bird” is about, seeing as how it’s the kind of modest, miraculous low-budget gem that takes on a life of its own. But sight unseen, the title sounded a lot like a sequel to last year’s “Jackie,” seeing as how Lbj succeeded JFK in office, and Lady Bird was the name of his wife. Turns out Lady Bird was also the name restless high school senior Christine McPherson picked for herself — a first act of defiance in a battle to assert her own identity as separate from her parents.

Lady Bird” is indie darling (and one-time mumblecore muse) Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, and the character is basically her, 15 years younger and played by Saoirse Ronan, sporting a vampire-red rinse and a face full of acne (both signs of its attention to detail). Early Telluride reactions »

- Peter Debruge

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'Battle of the Sexes': Film Review | Telluride 2017

2 September 2017 9:27 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

It’s game, set and match for Battle of the Sexes, a massively entertaining account of the momentous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs that also deftly deals with the numerous social issues inherent in the carnival-like contest. Emma Stone comes out swinging with a terrific turn as a star player going through significant personal turmoil, while co-directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton top their 2006 smash Little Miss Sunshine with a finely tuned piece that deftly shoots the drama through with grand human comedy. This is an all but sure-fire early fall winner for Fox Searchlight.

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- Todd McCarthy

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review: Emma Stone Is Brilliant in an Uneven Billie Jean King Biopic that Wasn’t Built for the Trump Era

2 September 2017 8:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Battle of the Sexes” is a movie that was made by people who were convinced Hillary Clinton would be the next President of the United States (not that anyone can blame them for that). A broad and sporadically entertaining crowd-pleaser that follows tennis champions Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs as they wend their way towards the 1973 exhibition match that cemented their legacies, this isn’t a movie made by people who merely thought that Clinton was going to win, it’s a movie made by people who knew. People who knew like the rest of us knew.

Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the script before the primaries began, obviously couldn’t have predicted that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee, but good writers have a way of intuiting these things (and grappling with their implications) long before they come to pass. By the time production began in April 2016, it was practically a done deal. »

- David Ehrlich

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Review: ‘Telluride Film Festival: ‘Battle of the Sexes’’

2 September 2017 6:57 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For those who prefer flesh-and-blood super heroes to the comic-book variety, “Battle of the Sexes” offers a real-life wonder woman saga with the power to educate and inspire, focusing on the drama that went down both on-court and off when Wimbledon triple-winner Bobby Riggs challenged ladies tennis world champion Billie Jean King to a boys-against-girls exhibition match. The outcome is widely known, but the backstory proves boisterously entertaining — and incredibly well-suited to the current climate, as King was both fighting for her gender and exploring her sexuality in 1973, when the widely publicized face-off happened.

Stepping up their game considerably, “Little Miss Sunshine” duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris direct this perfectly cast crowd-pleaser, which reteams them with Steve Carell, who dons sideburns and a bad wig to play the 55-year-old Riggs — but is otherwise nicely matched to the extravagant gambling man’s larger-than-life persona. Still, it’s King whom nearly everyone will be rooting for here, especially »

- Peter Debruge

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Telluride: 'Battle of the Sexes' Offers a Battle of Oscar-Contending Performances

2 September 2017 3:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There has been no greater crowd-pleaser so far at the 2017 Telluride Film Festival than Battle of the Sexes, the latest film from the husband-wife directorial team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (best known for 2006's best picture Oscar-nominated Little Miss Sunshine), which had its world premiere at the Galaxy Theatre on Saturday.

The drama, which was written by Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), and which Fox Searchlight will release Sept. 22, chronicles the personal and professional challenges faced in the 1970s by tennis great and equal rights activist Billie Jean King. It specifically focuses on her famous 1973 »

- Scott Feinberg

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Tiff 2017: 12 Lgbtq Films We Can’t Wait to See in Toronto

1 September 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Moonlight” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival exactly one year ago, followed by a bow in Toronto before making history by winning Best Picture in one of the most exciting Academy Awards ceremonies of all time. While “Moonlight” may have opened more doors for black filmmakers than for queer ones, the film’s central themes of identity, masculinity, and sexuality were firmly rooted in queerness. It turns out, “Moonlight” was only the beginning, as queer cinephiles can look forward to a veritable feast of quality Lgbtq films coming out of the fall festival lineup, beginning with the Toronto International Film Festival.

A very gay-friendly city in an extremely gay-friendly country, Toronto will host some of the most anticipated queer films that have already made waves at Cannes and Sundance. Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name” will play the festival before heading to New York, as well as this »

- Jude Dry

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Telluride Reveals 2017 Lineup: ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Downsizing,’ Christian Bale Tribute, and Angelina Jolie

31 August 2017 6:03 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Telluride Film Festival has announced its 2017 lineup. As usual, the exclusive Colorado gathering features a range of buzzy fall season movies, including many films also premiering in Venice and Toronto as well as others resurfacing from earlier in the year, just in time for awards season. Filmmakers in this year’s program range from Alexander Payne to Angelina Jolie. The festival will also honor cinematographer Ed Lachman, actor Christian Bale, and screen a new cut of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1984 Harlem musical “The Cotton Club.”

One of the bigger films to make the cut in this year’s lineup should take no one by surprise: “Downsizing” (12/22, Paramount), Payne’s long-gestating near-future workplace satire starring Matt Damon, will screen at the festival where Payne has been a regular for years (both as a filmmaker and audience member). The movie opened the Venice Film Festival earlier this week, and was followed »

- Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson

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10 Best Movies to See in September: 'It,' Jennifer Lawrence and Lego Ninjas

30 August 2017 7:42 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It's September: The young 'uns are back in school, going outside doesn't mean you'll automatically sweat through half your clothes and the movies bounce back from the annual August lull. Translation: Darren Aronofsky and Jennifer Lawrence invite you to a casual gathering from hell; a gruesome Stephen King adaptation gets served up; the kids get a new Lego movie (this time it's Ninjago!); and Jake Gyllenhaal plays a real-life hero and does a Boston accent, which must mean the awards-circuit season is starting up. Here are your 10 best reasons to »

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As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top

28 August 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Standing before the packed house at Manhattan’s Metrograph Theater, “Patti Cake$” director Geremy Jasper introduced his film. He was excited, in the way that first-time directors often are at their premieres, thanking his producers, his cast, his reps — but the most heartfelt thanks went to distributor Fox Searchlight. Not only did it make his Jersey girl-rapper tale one of the biggest buys of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, but it also represented a genuine dream come true. When the “Patti Cake$” team imagined their ideal distributor, he said, they agreed that nothing could be better than becoming a Fox Searchlight movie.

Headstones in the graveyard of studio specialty divisions include Warner Independent, Picturehouse, Fine Line Features, Paramount Classics, Paramount Vantage, and beyond. However, Fox Searchlight has persevered, and succeeded, for more than 20 years: Savvy, innovative, and astute, it’s known for its skill in finding acquisitions that reached audiences beyond the arthouse. »

- Anne Thompson

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As ‘Patti Cake$’ Stumbles, Fox Searchlight Faces a Battle To Remain on Top

28 August 2017 9:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Standing before the packed house at Manhattan’s Metrograph Theater, “Patti Cake$” director Geremy Jasper introduced his film. He was excited, in the way that first-time directors often are at their premieres, thanking his producers, his cast, his reps — but the most heartfelt thanks went to distributor Fox Searchlight. Not only did it make his Jersey girl-rapper tale one of the biggest buys of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, but it also represented a genuine dream come true. When the “Patti Cake$” team imagined their ideal distributor, he said, they agreed that nothing could be better than becoming a Fox Searchlight movie.

Headstones in the graveyard of studio specialty divisions include Warner Independent, Picturehouse, Fine Line Features, Paramount Classics, Paramount Vantage, and beyond. However, Fox Searchlight has persevered, and succeeded, for more than 20 years: Savvy, innovative, and astute, it’s known for its skill in finding acquisitions that reached audiences beyond the arthouse. »

- Anne Thompson

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