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New couple alert! Ellen Page is dating artist and avid surfer Samantha Thomas. The Juno star, 28, stepped out with her girlfriend in New York City on Monday, Aug. 3. Both Page and Thomas, who kept their arms wrapped around one another during their midday stroll, looked casual in simple T-shirts and matching black hats and sunglasses. According to a source, the X-Men: Days of Future Past actress has been dating Thomas for the past seven months. She came out as gay in February 2014, in an emotional [...] »
“Ricki and the Flash,” which opens on Aug. 7, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Mamie Gummer, Kevin Kline, Sebastian Stan, Rick Springfield, Ben Platt, Carmen Carrera, Audra McDonald and Charlotte Rae from director Jonathan Demme and “Juno” writer Diablo Cody.
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Diablo Cody, a.k.a. Brook Maurio, won an Oscar for writing "Juno" in 2007, but since her hailed debut, she's delivered more complicated, unconventional, and hair-raising movie scripts featuring women in starring roles. "Jennifer's Body" gave us Megan Fox as a zombified cheerleader; "Young Adult" offered up Charlize Theron as a jaded, sociopathically self-absorbed writer who pines for her high school boyfriend. Even 2013's "Paradise," Cody's directorial debut starring Julianne Hough, focused on a religious woman who rebuilds her life in Las Vegas following a traumatizing accident. Now, Cody's giving us yet another antiheroine with "Ricki and the Flash," her new film starring Meryl Streep as a rocker and wayward mother who returns to her Midwestern roots when daughter Julie (Mamie Gummer, Streep's real-life daughter) experiences a devastating breakup. With director Jonathan Demme at the helm and a spellbinding cast (Streep, Gummer, Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield, Audra McDonald, and more »
- Louis Virtel
Tig Notaro will be the focus of a new series for Amazon Instant Video. The streaming video-on-demand company has ordered a pilot for an unnamed comedy show starring the stand-up comedian and written by Notaro and Oscar-winning Juno scribe Diablo Cody.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, who originally broke the story, the upcoming Amazon pilot will be a semi-autobiographical piece based on Notaro’s life, her struggles with breast cancer, and her comedic career. Amazon released a description of the series: "Tig Notaro has just recovered from an abdominal disease that has left her gaunt, wasted, exhausted, and pretty much stripped of everything except her finely honed sense of the absurd. Abruptly summoned home to Pass Christian, Miss., to take her ailing mother off life support, Tig finds herself dealing with her clingy girlfriend, her dysfunctional Gulf Coast family and the loss of the one person who held everything together. »
- Bree Brouwer
Tig Notaro is ready to turn her life into a scripted comedy. The stand-up comedian — currently the subject of an HBO comedy special and a Netflix documentary — is set to star in and co-write a semiautobiographical comedy for Amazon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled comedy, which has landed a pilot order at the streaming service, will be written by Notaro and Oscar winner Diablo Cody (Juno). Notaro and Cody will executive produce the single-camera entry alongside Louis C.K. The Notaro comedy hails from C.K.'s FX Productions-based Pig Newton banner.
- Lesley Goldberg
Streep plays the role of Ricki, a a hard-rocking singer/guitarist with heavy metal outfit The Flash. The film has a great cast in Streep’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer; Rick Springfield, portraying a Flash member in love with Ricki; Kevin Kline as Ricki’s ex-husband; and Audra McDonald as Kline’s new wife.
Here’s the plot.
In an original and electrifying film loaded with live musical performances, Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock-and-roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family.
Catch the new trailer below from Sony Pictures. »
- Paul Heath
In 2008, Meryl Streep scored a summer smash with a little help from Abba in the musical romantic comedy "Mamma Mia." Now she's strapping on a guitar and hoping to hit all the right notes again for a seasonal hit with "Ricki And The Flash," but will it be a case of a sophomore slump? Or can she score another number one? Certainly, the elements involved are potentially promising. Diablo Cody ("Juno," "Young Adult") has penned the screenplay with Jonathan Demme ("Rachel Getting Married," "Silence Of The Lambs") directing the movie about an aging rocker who has spent more time on the road than at home, who reconnects with her children who are going through various crises. You can get a taste of the drama and comedy this one is putting together with the new trailer below, but that's not all. Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice wrote the song "Cold One" for the movie, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Baby Boom: Swanberg’s Pregnancy Drama Plays it Safe
For a glaring portrait of the subtle audacity of subconscious privilege unawares, look no further than Kris Swanberg’s latest feature, Unexpected, an indie Sundance premiered drama treading the expected tropes of unplanned pregnancy. Its set-up initially poses a provocative juxtaposition, a tale of two surprise pregnancies dealt to two very different women in one of the Midwest’s most progressive cities, Chicago. Told from the perspective of its white, high functioning and hopelessly granola lead, whose life intersects with a black, socioeconomically compromised student in a similar situation promises to be an invigorating examination of taken-for-grantedness. Except, at every possible opportunity, Swanberg’s screenplay (co-written by actress Megan Mercier) backs away from controversial points, instead reinforcing the frustrating obliviousness of its lead character. And that’s not even addressing the narrative’s conservative reinforcement of teen mothers giving birth »
- Nicholas Bell
Hollywood is renowned for the waves and phases of its output, and in terms of reflecting current social issues, it is generally always trying to catch up. The current flurry of movie projects that suddenly seek to address the life-long fight for equality for same-sex couples is one for which we can be grateful, however, as studios finally appear to be widening their historically narrow view of who can be represented onscreen in lead roles, and in what context. Each wave of thematically related movies must have one that leads the charge, of course, and in this case, that movie is Freeheld – for which we finally have a trailer.
Freeheld has been in development for over six years, and is based upon the Academy-Award winning short documentary of the same name, made by Cynthia Wade in 2007. It tells the true story of Stacie Andree, whose domestic partner – New Jersey police »
- Sarah Myles
Since Ellen Page stunned us with her diabolical smarts in "Hard Candy" and her straightforward drollness in "Juno," we haven't gotten to see the Oscar-nominated actress in many movies that live up to her compelling charms. Remember "Smart People" with Sarah Jessica Parker? No? Do you ever think about her exposition-spewing character Ariadne in "Inception"? What about the time Woody Allen wasted her (and Judy Davis!) in "To Rome with Love"? Enough is enough. A new trailer just debuted for "Freeheld," a drama about a real-life woman named Laurel Hester (played here by Julianne Moore) who was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and fought to ensure that her pension benefits would be passed along to her partner Stacie (Page). The trailer is gripping; watch it at Buzzfeed. (We'll add it here when an embeddable version is released.) Last year when Page came out as a lesbian at a Human Rights Campaign event, »
- Louis Virtel
You'll be kicking yourself if you don't see "The Stanford Prison Experiment" in theaters. Seriously. And, no, I'm not just saying that because I happen to know director Kyle Patrick Alvarez socially or that it's a Sundance Jury Award-winning movie or that it depicts one of the most shocking events to occur at one of America's greatest Universities over the past fifty years.* The real reason is that besides the questions it raises about the human condition and our ability to descend to abject cruelty, "Stanford" features a once in a life time cast that will dominate Hollywood for the next 15 to 20 years.* *It also has earned strong reviews to date including a 71 grade on Metacritic and 78% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Based on true events, the new drama chronicles the 1971 psychological experiment that found Stanford University students sorted into the roles of prison guard or a generic prisoner. In theory, »
- Gregory Ellwood
"Trainwreck," the new Amy Schumer/Judd Apatow movie, examines the plight of one snarly woman as she exits her familiar world of sexual freedom and hangovers for a detour into serious romance. Though several eye-popping cameos and supporting performances buttress the film, Schumer's performance is the acting triumph of "Trainwreck." Without her shaky conscience and burgeoning sense of fulfillment, the movie's conventional story might feel staid. Thankfully, it's anything but. Schumer's performance marks a welcome addition to cinema's long line of strident, hilarious female protagonists. We're celebrating that lineage with a list: the 20 best female-driven comedies ever. Some are old and some are new, but all are marked by a degree of cosmopolitan fun and nerviness -- and the occasional slap from Cher. 20. "How to Marry a Millionaire" We remember Lauren Bacall as a glamor girl with a damning grimace, but let's start revising that narrative to include her chops as a comic force. »
- Louis Virtel
Jonathan Demme’s musical dramedy Ricki and the Flash, which stars Meryl Streep as a musicians seeking to mend her family relationships after a career spent on the road pursuing musical fame, will open the 68th Locarno Film Festival. The film, which Sony is releasing, was written by Diablo Cody (Juno) will world premiere August 5 at the Piazza Grande. The fest, which runs August 5-15, has a strong line-up of American titles, including Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, Alfonso… »
It’s time to put the camera down, stop the editing, and find the last $75 left in your budget, because July 10 is the drop-dead date for film submissions to the 2015 Austin Film Festival (Aff). This year’s categories include: narrative feature, documentary feature, documentary short, thriller, and comedy vanguard. Rules, technical specs, and FAQs can be found here, and you can submit via the Aff’s site or through Withoutabox. The Aff takes place October 29 to November 5, 2015, and has been named by Moviemaker Magazine as one of the coveted “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” And if you know how many film festivals there are out there, you know this is quite an honor. Past winners have included Jason Reitman for “Juno” and “Up in the Air,” and in 2003 and 2005, Cary Fukunaga received Aff awards for his student short films; Fukunaga has since gone on to direct the HBO drama »
Currently filming the comedy drama Tallulah with her fellow Juno alumnus Allison Janney, Ellen Page already has her next project lined up. She'll play real-life Us Marine Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, in producer James Dahl's developing war drama Lioness.Martz was stationed in Iraq for a time, but Lioness is concerned with her stint in Afghanistan, leading a 'Female Engagement Team'. Her agenda was ostensibly to gain the trust of Afghan women and prepare them for independence, but Martz was also tasked with surreptitiously extracting intelligence from those same women about their Taliban husbands.Torn between her duty to her country and her sympathy with the women she was secretly betraying, she began to question where her allegiance really lay: a situation not helped by the fact that she was already hiding her identity as a gay woman in the military.Lioness doesn't have a director yet, but newcomer »
Having given up everything, including her family, to follow her rock-and-roll dream, Ricki Rendazzo (Streep) decides to return home to make amends when she discovers her daughter Julie (played by her real life daughter Mamie Gummer) has been dumped by her husband for another woman.
Directed by Jonathan Demme (Philadelphia, Silence of the Lambs) and sharply written by Juno writer Diablo Cody, the rock trope has a strong supporting cast that includes Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, Sebastian Stan and musician Rick Springfield as Ricki’s partner Greg.
If you haven’t heard of Ricki and the Flash yet, make sure to check out »
- Sacha Hall
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
There’s a vast and growing list of prominent gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender media and entertainment figures — just don’t count movie stars among them.
Celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres, Caitlyn Jenner and Neil Patrick Harris have kicked open the closet door with little to no damage to their careers. In some cases, they’ve found themselves more in demand after revealing their sexual preferences or gender identification.
Yet there’s one glass ceiling that remains stubbornly resistant to cracks.
No A-list film actor has yet to come out publicly while at the pinnacle of his or her career. Sure, Jodie Foster gave an elliptical Golden Globes speech about being a lesbian, and out actors Ian McKellen and Zachary Quinto helped anchor the “X-Men” and “Lord of the Rings” series, and the rebooted “Star Trek” films, respectively. Yet despite their prodigious talents, none of them has the power to »
- Brent Lang
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Ellen Page made headlines last year when she came out of the closet at 26, which is still a rare occurrence among younger actresses. Shortly before the landmark Supreme Court decision on Friday that legalized gay marriage, Page talked to Variety about how Hollywood helped pave the way for Lgbt rights. The Oscar-nominated “Juno” actress will next play a lesbian in the upcoming drama “Freeheld,” which opens on October 2.
How has your life changed since you came out?
I’m happier than I probably could imagine. Now it doesn’t feel like I was ever not out. It’s hard for me to imagine not existing in the way that I’m existing now. It boggles my mind that it seemed so difficult and so impossible. I wish I’d done it sooner, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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