15 items from 2017
Netflix has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel Alias Grace. The historical drama series features a cast that includes Sarah Gadon, Kerr Logan, Paul Gross, Anna Paquin, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Kerr Logan, Zachary Levi, and David Cronenberg; take a look below…
Based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood and inspired by true events, Alias Grace is written and produced by Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz, Away from Her) and directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol). The six-hour miniseries tells the story of Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a young, poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who – along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan) – finds herself accused and convicted of the infamous 1843 murders of her employer, wealthy farmer Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin).
Alias Grace is set to premiere »
- Amie Cranswick
Sarah Polley is done skirting around the issues. “I’m done trying to make elegant films that subtly talk about something. This isn’t the time for that,” the actress turned director said of the pervasive sexual harassment and gender inequality in film and television. “There are things that would make your blood run cold. And women have just had to put up with it.”
Polley is in Toronto with “Alias Grace,” her new series based on the novel of the same name by Margaret Atwood. Helmed by “American Psycho” director Mary Harron, and adapted for the screen by Polley, the series boasts all female producers but one. It is based on the true story of Grace Marks, a housemaid and Irish immigrant who was imprisoned in 1843 for the murder of her employer. Polley had long harbored visions of adapting the true crime story, and after a string of critically successful feature films, »
- Jude Dry
The Toronto International Film Festival announced even more programs for its 2017 edition today. In addition to the Canadian and Cinematheque film lineups, Tiff unveiled the finalists for Telefilm Canada Pitch This! in which filmmaking teams will have the chance to pitch their film idea to a panel of industry experts. The fest also announced that Montreal filmmaker Anne Émond (“Our Loved Ones,” “Nuit #1”) has been selected as the 2017 Len Blum Resident.
One of our most anticipated TV projects of the year, Netflix’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace,” will make its world premiere in Tiff’s Canadian slate, a collection of works from Canadian filmmakers. “Alias Grace” is a six-part miniseries about Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a real-life Irish immigrant and servant in 1840s Upper Canada who was accused — and convicted — of murdering her employer and his housekeeper. The series is written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell,” “Away from Her”) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol”).
In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, this year’s Cinematheque event will celebrate Canadian filmmakers by “revisiting and restoring landmarks of Canada’s cinematic history.” Cinematheque will feature a screening of the digitally-restored “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing,” written and directed by Patricia Rozema (“Into the Forest”). The 1987 comedic drama follows a photographer (Sheila McCarthy) who discovers that a gallery owner and talented painter (Paule Baillargeon) is actually passing off her lover’s (Ann-Marie MacDonald) artwork as her own.
The Len Blum Residency will see Émond live and work at Tiff Bell Lightbox for two months. She will also receive mentorship from Blum himself, the veteran screenwriter of films like “Stripes” and “Meatballs.” Émond has directed four features and several shorts. Her most recent film, “Nelly,” made its world debut at Tiff 2016. It is a biopic about Canadian novelist Nelly Arcan.
Tiff will be held September 7–17, 2017. Check out the women-directed and co-directed films in the Canadian, Cinematheque, and Pitch This! slates below. Lists and synopses adapted from Tiff.
“Our People Will Be Healed”
Alanis Obomsawin, Canada World Premiere
Sadaf Foroughi, Iran/Canada/Qatar World Premiere
Molly McGlynn, Canada World Premiere
“Never Steady, Never Still”
Kathleen Hepburn, Canada World Premiere
Contemporary World Cinema
Mina Shum, Canada World Premiere
Ingrid Veninger, Canada World Premiere
Mary Harron, Canada/USA World Premiere
“I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing”
Patricia Rozema, Canada, 1987
Inspired by the remarkable true story of an Indigenous woman who overcame the odds to survive 12 days in the Canadian wilderness. Attacked by a trusted friend, she suffered a broken jaw and was left to die. She persevered and lived to tell the tale.
A deadly coming-of-age story about two teenage girls, Rachel and Fern, who become rising stars in the death metal scene. After experiencing an assault, they decide to embark on a bloody quest for revenge, more gruesome than any of their lyrics.
Lucy, a 30-year-old woman with symptoms of schizophrenia, works as a teacher at a Toronto daycare centre. She begins to experience episodes at work, and struggles to navigate her employment, students, co-workers and personal relationships.
Lamia Eaton, a teenager isolated on a remote maple farm, investigates her mother’s uncharacteristic and increasingly eerie behavior. As she begins to unearth an evil presence infecting the farm, Lamia is no longer able to trust anyone, including herself.
“Nadia, Butterfly,” Dominique Dussault, Pascal Plante
“Nadia, Butterfly” reveals the backstage world of the Olympic Games through the eyes of Nadia, a 20-year-old butterfly swimmer. Doubt-ridden about her post-Olympic future after winning bronze for Team Canada at the relay, her very last professional event, Nadia loses herself into lustful nights of excesses, punctuated by episodes of deep questioning.
Tiff 2017 Adds More Programs: “Alias Grace” Series to Make World Premiere was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Here we go again folks! As promised (though perhaps a bit later than initially planned), I’m diving back into the world of previous Oscar ceremonies. This time, I have my sights set on the 80th Academy Awards ceremony. You should know the drill by now. I’m going to state what I would have picked in the major eight categories if I had been lucky enough to have been able to vote. In most cases, it deviates from the actual winner. You’ll see how much that was the case this time around, and sit tight, as I do hope to make this a bit more of a consistent thing (excuse the gap again) and really go back as far as I can go. Until then, just enjoy this new one… Alright then, once again here goes nothing ladies and gentlemen…behold my picks for this particular ceremony: Best »
- Joey Magidson
After naming Alfonso Cuarón the best-reviewed filmmaker of the 21st century and Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer the worst, Metacritic’s next list explores the 25 best movies directed by women. Unsurprisingly, Kathryn Bigelow takes both the #1 and #2 spots with “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker,” respectively.
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Bigelow became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director with the latter, a painfully tense drama about the Iraq War. (Her latest, “Detroit,” just misses the list by a few points.) Ava DuVernay also shows up twice (with “Selma” and “13th”), as does Sarah Polley (“Away from Her” and “Stories We Tell”), while the likes of Sofia Coppola, Mia Hansen-Løve, and Maren Ade are represented as well. Here’s the data-driven review aggregator’s full list:
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- Michael Nordine
After the raucous success of The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu, another of Margaret Atwood's novels is getting adaptation, this time on Netflix. The miniseries Alias Grace is based on her historical crime novel of the same name, and is being written by Sarah Polley (Away from Her) and directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho). The story focuses on a young Irish immigrant (Sarah Gadon) in 1840s Canada who is convicted -- along with a stable hand -- of the brutal murder of her employer and his housekeeper. Of course, things are not quite that simple. The case has been a … »
- Allison Keene
Alien: Covenant opened in theaters this past weekend and brought in an estimated $36 million at the box office.
Fox’s film enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally.
In space, no one can hear you scream. After nearly four decades, those words remain synonymous with the sheer, relentless intensity of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of futuristic horror, Alien. Now, the father of the iconic franchise returns once more to the world he created to explore its darkest corners with Alien: Covenant, a pulse-pounding new adventure that pushes the boundaries of R-rated terror.
The films timeline line up as such:
Engineers create humanity. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charles Holloway discover humanity’s origins »
- Michelle Hannett
Following the recent adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, another of the author’s novels Alias Grace is heading to the small screen with a six-part miniseries, and we’ve got a batch of first look images for the upcoming historical drama along with a trailer. Directed by Mary Harron and produced by Sarah Polley, the series stars Sarah Gadon, Kerr Logan, Paul Gross, Anna Paquin, Edward Holcroft, Rebecca Liddiard, Kerr Logan, Zachary Levi, and David Cronenberg; take a look below…
Based on the award-winning novel by Margaret Atwood and inspired by true events, Alias Grace is written and produced by Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz, Away from Her) and directed by Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol). The six-hour miniseries tells the story of Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a young, poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who – along with stable hand »
- Amie Cranswick
This spring, Hulu‘s stunning adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s “The Handmaid’s Tale” has become one of the major television talking points among critics and audiences, and the good news for both is that another one of the author’s works is coming to the small screen, and it also looks like it’ll pack a wallop.
Penned by Sarah Polley (“Away From Her,” “Take This Waltz“) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho“), Netflix‘s “Alias Grace” is inspired by the true story of Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a young, poor Irish immigrant and domestic servant in Upper Canada who — along with stable hand James McDermott (Kerr Logan) — finds herself accused and convicted of the infamous 1843 murders of her employer, wealthy farmer Thomas Kinnear (Paul Gross), and his housekeeper Nancy Montgomery (Anna Paquin).
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sarah Polley has hit an enviable creative groove. After the director caught everyone’s attention with 2006’s “Away From Her,” she pivoted to the messy but emotionally affecting “Take This Waltz,” and then delivered the terrific, genre-pushing documentary “Stories We Tell.” She’s currently at work on delivering her TV series adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s “Alias Grace” for Netflix, and now has a new feature cooking which sounds right in her wheelhouse.
Continue reading Sarah Polley To Direct ‘The Best Kind Of People’ at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
10 April 2017 2:58 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Polley will write the screenplay and plans to direct the feature adaptation.
The story focuses on an American family in which the father, a respected teacher, is arrested for a sex crime at a prep school. That occurrence leaves the rest of his family — his wife, who finds a community turning on her; his daughter, who becomes a social pariah; and his son, who helps with his defense — dealing with »
- Borys Kit
Pauley Perrette is passionate about standing up for stalking victims -- because she tells Et she is one herself.
Et's Kevin Frazier sat down with the NCIS star ahead of her upcoming 48 Hours special focusing on the victims of stalkers, where she said she's been stalked for the last 13 years and opened up about how it's taken a toll on her life.
"I've been stalked for 13 years and counting," Perrette said. "You're frightened. It's like you have to be on guard, at all times. And it's exhausting. It's a terrible way to live."
The 47-year-old actress, who did not want to mention the name of her alleged stalker, says that he's cast a shadow over her life -- and that she's often afraid to even leave her house.
"I've described being a stalking victim as the theft of your life. There's nowhere »
By: Carson Blackwelder
With yet another opportunity to win this year, Jeff Bridges expands his Academy Awards career to 45 years — with the chance to add to it. This is quite an accomplishment as there are very few actors and actresses with a span of that long between their last or most recent nomination. Let’s take a look at some of these other legends with Oscar stretches almost as long as or even longer than that of Bridges.
This year Bridges is nominated for best supporting actor for Hell or High Water and is up against Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea), Dev Patel (Lion), and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals). Hell or High Water — a Western crime thriller directed by David Mackenzie and written by Taylor Sheridan — is also nominated for best picture, best original screenplay, »
- Carson Blackwelder
Pauley Perrette has issues with being called an out-of-touch actor.
The 47-year-old NCIS star got candid on Twitter on Sunday, speaking out against President Donald Trump, but also sharing that politics haven't divided her family. Perrette revealed that her "very Republican" father is currently in the emergency room, but that their differences in opinion doesn't stop her "daddy love."
The rant started with Perrette praising the outspokenness of her fellow actors at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards. "Proud to be an actor tonight #SAGawards Even though some of you think our jobs eliminate us from loving our country and having an opinion," she tweeted. "'Out Of Touch Celebrities Opinions being shoved down my throat' What? You don't know me! I'm overwhelmed with sorrow doing as much as I can."
Later, in a lengthy post, she tweeted »
Gadon is also acting as an exec producer on the project. She portrays the daughter of her overbearing mother (Arquette) and enters the rich and strange world of her deceased father (played by Trujillo) — a man she never knew. Sexual identity, the occult, and the power of will versus imagination confront her on the journey. Dimitris Kitsos also stars as Octavio’s student Apostolis.
The film is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation. It’s represented internationally by sales agent WTFilms.
Gadon will be seen in the title role »
- Dave McNary
15 items from 2017
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