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Summer 2017 Film Preview

26 May 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Girls Trip

By Joseph Allen and Kelsey Moore

If the movies are any indication, then we are in for one hot yet refreshing summer. Some of the season’s biggest and action-filled flicks feature powerful, female-led narratives, and goodness, do they come out in full force. The much anticipated female-led “Wonder Woman” is the first to hit summer screens, and if that’s not giving the finger to the male-dominated blockbuster, we don’t know what is.

July also has its fair share of action with Charlize Theron’s “Atomic Blonde.” This spy thriller sends Theron’s character to Berlin during the Cold War in order to save one agent whilst exposing others.

In between superheroes and spies, however, there are plenty of festival darlings and lighthearted comedies to enjoy. Marti Noxon’s “To The Bone,” which premiered at Sundance, features Lily Collins as a young woman battling anorexia. The film is based on Noxon’s own experience with an eating disorder and truthfully tackles the fine line between self-acceptance and despair. Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” reunites Robespierre with “Obvious Child’s” Elisabeth Holm and Jenny Slate. It tackles the messiness of family, growing up, and adultery.

Girls Trip,” on the other hand, is the perfect comedy to help beat the summer heat. Featuring the talents of Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish, this ensemble film follows four friends as they rekindle both their friendships and sense of adventure during a girl’s weekend to New Orleans.

August brings a slew of socially conscious titles, including several directed by women. Kathryn Bigelow’s highly anticipated follow-up to “Zero Dark Thirty,” “Detroit,” tells the story of the 1967 Detroit riots, and speaks to our present moment, one where it feels like little has changed in the 50 years since.

“Whose Streets?,” a documentary about the Ferguson protests, speaks to “Detroit’s” continued relevance as a story of racial animus. Co-director Sabaah Folayan gives us an inside look at the protests, and takes the temperature of a community still filled with righteous anger.

Sundance breakout “Step,” directed by Amanda Lipitz, also debuts in August. The documentary chronicles the hardships of a Baltimore school’s step team during their senior year, and explains how important the team has become for the girls on it.

Here are just some of many women-centric, women-directed, and women-written films releasing this summer. Be sure to keep up with Women and Hollywood for exhaustive monthly previews!

All descriptions are from press materials unless otherwise noted.

June 2

Wonder Woman” — Directed by Patty Jenkins

Wonder Woman

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Did you know? Gal Gadot has been very adamant about the film’s feminist framework, stressing that Diana is “free of internalized sexism and any knowledge whatsoever of socialized gender roles.”

June 9

“Beatriz at Dinner”

“Beatriz at Dinner”

Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Southern California. Don Strutt (John Lithgow) is a real estate developer whose cutthroat tactics have made him a self-made, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two polar opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same.

Did you know? “Beatriz at Dinner” opens this year’s Sundance Film Festival London, and certainly feels like a timely release. In fact, John Lithgow’s character reminds us of a certain real-world real estate developer who is currently inhabiting the Oval Office.

June 16

Maudie” — Directed by Aisling Walsh; Written by Sherry White


Maudie,” based on a true story, is an unlikely romance in which the reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) hires a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins) to be his housekeeper. Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippling arthritis, yearns to be independent, to live away from her protective family and she also yearns, passionately, to create art. Unexpectedly, they become a couple. “Maudie” charts a woman seeking her personal freedom, her unending fight to sustain it, and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Did you know? Maud Lewis was a Canadian folk artist who possessed no formal training. “Maudie” — which is currently playing in Canada — has ignited a renewed interest in her work. In fact, a painting recently found in a thrift shop just sold for $45,000, approximately three times its appraised value.

Rough Night” — Co-Written and Directed by Lucia Aniello

Rough Night

In this edgy R-rated comedy, five best friends from college (played by Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer, and Zoë Kravitz) reunite 10 years later for a wild bachelorette weekend in Miami. Their hard partying takes a hilariously dark turn when they accidentally kill a male stripper. Amidst the craziness of trying to cover it up, they’re ultimately brought closer together when it matters most.

Did you know? Some would call this a gender-reversed redo of the late ‘90s film “Very Bad Things,” starring Christian Slater. But, let’s be honest: with this ensemble of A-listers and comedic geniuses — we’re looking at you, Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer — Aniello’s film is sure to bring a lot more laughs and intrigue.

June 23

The Beguiled” — Written and Directed by Sofia Coppola (Limited Release; Opens in Wider Release June 30)

The Beguiled

The Beguiled” is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls’ boarding school. Its sheltered women (Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Elle Fanning, Emma Howard, Oona Laurence, Angourie Rice, and Addison Riecke) take in an injured enemy soldier (Colin Farrell). As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events.

Did you know? Director Sofia Coppola does not consider this a remake of the 1971 film. Instead, she wanted to “tell the same story, but flip it to the women characters’ point of view” as they were the ones “cut off during that time, left behind during the war.”

July 14

To the Bone” — Written and Directed by Marti Noxon (Also Available on Netflix)

To The Bone

Ellen (Lily Collins) is an unruly, anorexic 20-year-old who spent the better part of her teenage years being shepherded through various recovery programs, only to find herself several pounds lighter every time. Determined to find a solution, her dysfunctional family agrees to send her to a group home for youths, which is led by a non-traditional doctor (Keanu Reeves). Surprised by the unusual rules — and charmed by her fellow patients — Ellen has to discover for herself how to confront her addiction and attempt self-acceptance, in order to stand a chance against her demons. (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? This is a deeply personal project for Noxon. As she discussed with Women and Hollywood, she, too, battled anorexia and bulimia for over 10 years. By exploring this experience in her film, Noxon aims to show just how real these diseases are and how far they are from “an issue of vanity.”

Lady Macbeth” — Written by Alice Birch (Opens in NY and La)

Lady Macbeth

Rural England, 1865. Katherine (Florence Pugh) is stifled by her loveless marriage to a bitter man twice her age (Paul Hilton), and his cold, unforgiving family. When she embarks on a passionate affair with a young worker (Cosmo Jarvis) on her husband’s estate, a force is unleashed inside her so powerful that she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

Did you know? Though she made a memorable impression in Carol Morley’s “The Falling” and TV crime thriller “Marcella,” this marks the first major leading role for Florence Pugh, who is receiving fantastic reviews for her performance.

July 21

Girls Trip” — Co-Written by Tracy Oliver, Karen Mccullah, and Erica Rivinoja

When four lifelong friends (Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

Did you know? Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith have not been onscreen together since 1996. Their first collaboration, “Set it Off” (also starring Vivica A. Fox and Kimberly Elise), examines the personal and financial struggles of four women who decide to start robbing banks together.

Landline” — Directed by Gillian Robespierre; Written by Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm


The Manhattan of 1995: a land without cell phones, but abundant in CD listening stations, bar smoke, and family dysfunction. Enter the Jacobs. Eldest daughter Dana’s (Jenny Slate) looming marriage to straight-laced Ben (Jay Duplass) prompts a willful dive into her wild side, while her younger sister, Ali (Abby Quinn), is still in high school but leads a covert life of sex, drugs, and clubbing. After discovering love letters penned by their father (John Turturro), the sisters try to expose his apparent affair while keeping it from their all-too-composed mother (Edie Falco). (Sundance Film Institute)

Did you know? Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm previously collaborated on critically acclaimed “Obvious Child,” which also stars Jenny Slate. As Ropespierre told Women and Hollywood, her new film explores the “female perspective of monogamy across multiple generations.”

July 28

Atomic Blonde

Atomic Blonde

The crown jewel of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, Agent Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron) is equal parts spycraft, sensuality, and savagery, willing to deploy any of her skills to stay alive on her impossible mission. Sent alone into Berlin to deliver a priceless dossier out of the destabilized city, she partners with embedded station chief David Percival (James McAvoy) to navigate her way through the deadliest game of spies.

Did you know? Charlize Theron fought for her character’s no-strings-attached, one-night stand with a female agent. After all, as Theron herself rhetorically asks, “Why is it that James Bond can sleep with every girl in every movie” and nobody questions his lack of emotional investment?

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Bonni Cohen

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes — in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Did you know? During an interview with Women and Hollywood, Cohen explained that she wanted audiences to leave the film feeling “empowered — like change is possible and in their hands.” This thirst for change continues throughout her personal work; she is a co-founder of the Catapult Film Fund, which provides development funding and informal mentorship to documentarians.

“From the Land of the Moon” — Co-Written and Directed by Nicole Garcia

“From the Land of the Moon”

In 1950s France, Gabrielle (Marion Cotillard) is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man (Louis Garrel) when she is sent away to the Alps to treat an illness. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with André.

Did you know? “From the Land of the Moon” was one of only three female-directed films that played in competition at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Garcia’s work was in good company, as Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and Maren Ade’s “Toni Erdmann” also graced the screen. Think this year’s Cannes is any better? Check out Women and Hollywood’s infographic and festival thoughts.

August 4

Step” (Documentary) — Directed by Amanda Lipitz


Baltimore is a city that is fighting to save its youth. This documentary chronicles the trials and triumphs of the Senior girls on the high school’s Step Team as they prepare to be the first in their families to go to college — and the first graduating class of The Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. “Step” is more than just a hobby for these girls, it is the outlet that keeps them united and fighting for their goals.

Did you know? “Step” was awarded the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Inspirational Filmmaking at Sundance 2017 and was picked up at the festival by Fox Searchlight for $4 million.

Detroit” — Directed by Kathryn Bigelow


In the summer of 1967, a handful of rioters took over the city of Detroit following a police raid on an unlicensed bar. Army paratroopers, National Guardsmen, and state and local police were called on to help put a stop to the rioting, which lasted for five days. What sparked the riots was the racism and discrimination of the police force that was felt within the city by the African American population.

Did you know? This is the third collaboration between Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal, who also worked together on “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Hurt Locker.” Both Bigelow and Boal won Oscars for the latter.

August 11

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid Goes West

Ingrid (Aubrey Plaza) is an unstable young woman with a checkered past of obsessive behavior. She secretly moves to Los Angeles to get close to Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen) — an Instagram “lifestyle guru” with a fabulous artist boyfriend, a camera-ready terrier, and an array of new products and brands to promote to her followers. After Ingrid adopts a Taylor-made identity for herself, her machinations to prove she’s Bff material for her Insta idol are underway — that is, until she meets Taylor’s obnoxious brother Nicky (Billy Magnussen), who threatens to tear down her façade. (Sundance Film Festival)

Did you know? “Ingrid Goes West” won the Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance 2017, and was picked up by distributor Neon.

The Glass Castle” — Co-Written by Marti Noxon

The Glass Castle

Based on one of the longest-running New York Times bestsellers, “The Glass Castle” tells the story of Jeannette Walls’ (Brie Larson) unconventional upbringing at the hands of her deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant parents (Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson), and her journey towards acceptance and fulfillment.

Did you know? The film is based on a true story, and Jennifer Lawrence was originally set to star. Brie Larson eventually replaced her.

“Whose Streets?” (Documentary) — Co-Directed by Sabaah Folayan

“Whose Streets?”

The activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice bring you “Whose Streets?” — a documentary about the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and then left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis County. Grief, long-standing tension, and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. In the days that follow, artists, musicians, teachers, and parents turn into freedom fighters, standing on the front lines to demand justice. As the National Guard descends on Ferguson, a small suburb of St. Louis, with military grade weaponry, these young community members become torchbearers of a new wave of resistance.

Did you know? As Sabaah Folayan told Women and Hollywood, “Whose Streets?” exists to “honor those who put their lives and livelihoods on the line to fight for our constitutional rights.”

August 18

“Patti Cake$”

“Patti Cake$”

In a coming-of-age story straight out of Jersey, an unlikely rapper (Danielle Macdonald) finds her voice as a one-of-a-kind hip-hop legend in the making in “Patti Cake$,” the first feature film from acclaimed commercial and music video director Geremy Jasper. Set in gritty strip-mall suburbia, “Patti Cake$” chronicles an underdog’s quest for fame and glory with humor, raw energy, and some unforgettable beats.

Did you know? The film has been compared to “8 Mile” and “Hustle & Flow,” but it’s a departure from these films because its central figure is a woman. “Patti Cake$” examines the barriers women face in entering the world of hip hop. At the same time, it questions whether its central figure is appropriating black culture.

August 25

“The Unknown Girl”

“The Unknown Girl”

Dr. Jenny Davin (Adèle Haenel) runs a busy bare-bones medical clinic on the outskirts of Liege. Late one night, hours past closing time, Jenny ignores a buzz at the clinic’s door. The next morning she learns that this buzz came from a young woman in need of help, and that this unidentified caller is now dead. Weighed down by guilt and the thought of an unknown girl in an unmarked grave, Jenny applies her methodical, diagnostic mind to the case, making it her mission to find out who this woman was, and who, or what, was responsible for her death. (Toronto International Film Festival)

Did you know? The film’s directors, the Dardenne brothers, initially wanted to cast Marion Cottilard in the role, but ended up casting her in the Oscar-nominated “Two Days, One Night” instead.

Summer 2017 Film Preview 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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Cannes 2017: Al Gore on An Inconvenient Sequel and the continuing climate change debate

22 May 2017 10:13 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Al Gore at the photo call for An Inconvenient Sequel // Image: The Hollywood News

On Monday afternoon, former Vice President Of The United States Al Gore arrived here on the Croisette to introduce his film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, the follow-up to his Oscar-winning An Inconvenient Truth, which was released back in 2006.

Gore spoke at a press conference for the movie at a swish hotel on the main strip yesterday, championing his latest documentary and commenting on various subjects such as current President Donald Trump’s stand-point on climate change, obviously the focus of the new film.

You can check out out video from the event in Cannes in the players below, and read our review of An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, which we published following its Cannes premiere here. The film opens in cinemas this coming August.

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'Film is the best way to deliver a powerful message' by Richard Mowe

22 May 2017 9:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Al Gore and filmmakers talk to the press about climate change in Cannes Photo: Richard Mowe More than a decade after the release of the groundbreaking film An Inconvenient Truth which won two Oscars, former vice president Al Gore is back at the Cannes Film Festival with a new film about the climate crisis, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.

It takes the pulse of what has been achieved in the intervening years, especially since the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015 which went ahead despite the terror attacks.

“The difference now is that we have the solutions but we have to summon up the political goodwill to put them in to practice,” said Gore at a media gathering in that citadel of luxury The Carlton Hotel, a Riviera beacon.

Al Gore in Cannes Photo: Richard Mowe “Film is a long-form medium and is the best way to deliver a powerful »

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Cannes 2017: An Inconvenient Sequel review: Dir. Bonni Cohen, Jon Shenk (2017)

22 May 2017 8:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

An Inconvenient Sequel review: Al Gore opens up the climate change debate once again and reflects on the what’s happened since the debut of his Oscar-winning first feature from eleven years ago.

An Inconvenient Sequel review by Paul Heath at the 2017 Festival de Cannes.

An Inconvenient Sequel review

Ten years ago, Davis Guggenheim brought a film to screens that opened many people’s eyes to the dangers and incoming threat of climate change. An Inconvenient Truth went on to score an Oscar and multiple other awards around the world with Al Gore‘s economic slideshow being adapted into a screenplay by the former vice president to huge international acclaim – it also made a decent dime – a reported $50 million in box-office receipts.

Ten years on we have An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, again guided by Gore, though directed this time by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk. The feature, filmed »

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Cannes 2017 Women Directors: Meet Bonni Cohen — “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”

19 May 2017 10:31 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power”: Paramount Pictures and Participant Media

Bonni Cohen is an award-winning producer and director. She co-directed “Audrie & Daisy,” which premiered in competition at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up as a Netflix Original film. Her work as producer and director on “The Rape of Europa” earned her a PGA and WGA nomination and the project was short-listed for the Oscars. She co-directed “Inside Guantanamo,” which was nominated for an Emmy for Best Documentary in 2009.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” will premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on _________. The film is co-directed by Jon Shenk and will hit theaters July 28.

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

BC: A decade after “An Inconvenient Truth” brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, this sequel looks at both the escalation of the crisis and how close we are to a real solution. The film follows Al Gore during the year 2016 as he relentlessly pursues his work to help solve the climate crisis.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

BC: We were approached by Diane Weyermann at Participant Media, who we have had a long and wonderful relationship with. Jon and I had made “The Island President” about former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, and it was largely a climate change film with a single character at its center, [so that made us a good fit for this project].

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

BC: I want people to feel that they have seen a dramatic and emotional story about an amazing man and his legacy of work. I want people to feel empowered — like change is possible and in their hands.

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

BC: Climate change is depressing. There are so many climate crisis films out there that wag their finger at the viewer, scare and depress them with the apocalyptic nature of this problem.

Our challenge was to make sure to leave the audience with a bucket of hope, one filled with the solutions that are in place to solve this crisis and make sure the world is livable for our children.

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

BC: We had the great fortune to work with Participant Media on this film. They were the producers of “An Inconvenient Truth” 10 years ago. They came to us with the budget raised and ready to go.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at Cannes?

BC: Playing at the Cannes Film Festival is every filmmaker’s dream. What can I say? It’s unbelievable.

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

BC: Best advice I have received: “Don’t confuse a good time with a good film.” My dear friend and mentor Jon Else has always said that you have to make sure to distinguish your film’s strength of narrative from the joy you may have had in making the film. This lesson is at the heart of disciplined filmmaking.

Worst advice: “Don’t become a documentary filmmaker if you want to be able to support a family!”

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

BC: Find your voice. That distinction will make you an invaluable asset to your art.

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

BC: “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” by Deborah Hoffmann and Frances Reid. These two women created a beautiful and emotional story out of one of the darkest moments in human history. They found the humanity in it and brought it to the world. What a gift.

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.

BC: I am tremendously optimistic but that may be because I personally know so many talented, fearless women directors who are spending their lives doing this incredible work. We are seeing a golden age right now in documentary film and women are taking advantage. The numbers may not be there yet but I am hopeful we are trending to a better place.

Cannes 2017 Women Directors: Meet Bonni Cohen — “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” 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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Brad Grey, Former Paramount CEO, Dead at 59

15 May 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Former Paramount Pictures CEO Brad Grey has died from cancer at age 59. Grey served as the head of Paramount for the past 12 years, stepping down just this past February. He died with his family by his side at his home in Holmby Hills, California.

Read More: Paramount First Looks: Garland’s ‘Annihilation,’ Payne’s ‘Downsizing,’ and Bay’s ‘Transformers’

Prior to joining Paramount, Grey co-founded management and production company Brillstein-Grey Entertainment with Bernie Brillstein. At Bge, he executive produced shows including “The Sopranos” and “The Larry Sanders Show.”

Grey also co-founded Plan B with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston before the couple split and Pitt took control of the company, Deadline reported. Grey left Plan B for Paramount shortly before production began on Martin Scorsese’s “The Departed,” which won for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Plan B had a first look deal with Paramount for several years before »

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Brad Grey, Former Head of Paramount Pictures, Dies at 59

15 May 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Brad Grey, the former chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, died Sunday from cancer at his Holmby Hills home with his family by his side. He was 59. 

Grey stepped down at Paramount in February after leading the studio for 12 years. He arrived from Brillstein-Grey Management, the powerhouse talent management agency that he founded with the late Bernie Brillstein in 1984. 

While Grey left a mixed legacy behind at Paramount — during his tenure, the studio relied on such franchises as Transformers, Star Trek and Mission: Impossible and also saw the Al Gore climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth win an Oscar — »

- Gregg Kilday

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Baywatch, Cars 3, Transformers, and more make our daily movie news!

10 May 2017 2:45 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Baywatch, Cars 3, Transformers, and more make our daily movie news!Baywatch, Cars 3, Transformers, and more make our daily movie news!Zachary Dent5/10/2017 4:45:00 Pm

A few new trailers and posters are coming at you in today's movie news!

A new Red Band trailer just dropped for Baywatch and we're cracking up! They don't hold back in this one so viewer discretion is advised. 

A muscular Zac Efron and an even more muscular Dwayne Johnson team up on the big screen to play everyone’s favourite lifeguard beach babes. The Baywatch headquarters has lost its funding and it’s up to Mitch (Johnson) to get the company back on its feet. The company hires gold medalist – and very shallow - Matt Brody (Efron) as their PR representative, and his party antics rub Mitch the wrong way. Check out the trailer below and see Baywatch when it hits Cineplex theatres on May 25th! »

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10 Unproduced Documentary Projects That Deserve to Get Made — Hot Docs

10 May 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“Where is the hope?”

That was the question was posed last week at one of the world’s most prominent launch pads for nonfiction films in development — Hot Docs Pitch Forum — and it reflected the general mood in the room.

As 20 filmmaking teams pitched their projects to dozens of top decision-makers, funders, and broadcasters sitting around the long wooden table in the Gothic-designed Hart House at the University of Toronto, there was a particular excitement for new documentaries that were “fresh,” “optimistic” and “fun”—to use some of the words spoken publically over the two-day pitch-a-thon.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, you could see those same powerbrokers struggling over what to do with still essential, but tough issue-driven films having to do with post-revolutionary countries in the Middle East or the global refugee crisis. »

- Anthony Kaufman

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Al Gore, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Screen Climate Change Doc ‘An Inconvenient Sequel’

8 May 2017 2:28 PM, PDT | ET Canada | See recent ET Canada news »

More than a decade after the environmental documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” landed in theatres, Al Gore is continuing his tireless fight against climate change in the film’s sequel. Cameras follow the former U.S. Vice President in “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power” as he travels the world training new climate champions, influencing international climate change […] »

- Rachel West

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8 Films Directed By Female Filmmakers You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

27 April 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, a look at the various trends driving the box office, and special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — a selection of features directed (or co-directed) by female filmmakers to get excited about seeing, including works from rising stars, indie favorites and one of Hollywood’s most lauded directors.

Read More: IndieWire’s Complete 2017 Summer Preview

Wonder Woman,” June 2

It’s a big year for the darkness-loving (and scenery-chewing) DC Universe, but before we plunge back into what terrible delights Zack Snyder and co. have cooked up for their “Justice League,” we’ve got to go back, »

- Chris O'Falt, David Ehrlich, Graham Winfrey, Jude Dry and Kate Erbland

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‘The Big Sick’ to Open 2017 Nantucket Film Festival

25 April 2017 12:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Nantucket Film Festival has announced the complete list of films it will screen at this year’s event, including opener “The Big Sick” and closer “An Inconvenent Sequel: Truth to Power.”

Screenwriters Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon’s “Big Sick,” the romantic comedy directed by Michael Showalter, centers around the writers’ real-life courtship and stars Nanjiani as a character based on himself, with Zoe Kazan as Emily. The couple struggles with cultural differences and the unexpected impact of a mysterious illness in the Lionsgate/Amazon Studios release, which also stars Holly Hunter and Ray Romano.


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Paramount Studios and Participant Media’s documentary “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth the Power,” directed by Bonni Cohen and John Shenk, will close the festival, continuing where “An Inconvenient Truth” left off by charting Vice President Al Gore’s mission to solve our climate crisis before it’s too late. »

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5 Ways Documentaries Can Save the World In 2017

21 April 2017 7:38 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

It was a big week for Jon Ossoff, the fresh-faced 30-year-old who shook up Georgia’s congressional race by landing 48.1 percent of the vote, catapulting him into a June runoff with Republican Karen Handel in a state that hasn’t had a Democrat in Congress for four decades. The excitement and speculation about Ossoff’s momentum sending a message to the Trump administration about waning interest in its platform has ignored one key detail: He’s a documentary filmmaker. In recent years, Ossoff has served as an executive producer on television documentaries that wrestle with a range of pressing issues, from Isis to ebola outbreaks.

That places him in a longstanding tradition of documentarians with an activist bent. And while Ossoff may be the only non-fiction director jockeying for elected office this year, plenty of other documentary filmmakers will present new work designed to help a troubled world in 2017 — and »

- Eric Kohn

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'An Inconvenient Sequel' Trailer: A Fiery Al Gore Gives Hope To A New Generation

29 March 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Al Gore has had his finger on the pulse of so many of the crucial junctures of our time. The early days of the Internet, the Clinton administration, his own Presidential bid that was - until recently - one of the most controversial elections of all time.  And then there's been his stalwart crusade to raise awareness about climate change. Some dismissed his first major film about climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, as too much of a vanity project. But year after year, its facts and its message have proven to be increasingly topical. And unfortunately for the planet, they've also still been dismissed by vital institutions. And so here we are, 11 years later with the trailer for a follow-up film, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. Those who caught the film at...

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See 'An Inconvenient Truth' Sequel Trailer Take on Trump

29 March 2017 5:17 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The first official trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power was released on Tuesday. The timing of the clip's release comes at a crucial point for climate change discussion, with its release coming the same day Donald Trump signed an executive order to rescind Obama's Clean Power Plan and a host of other climate-related regulations.

The trailer opens with a clip of Trump mocking climate change while on the campaign trail. "It's supposed to be 70 degrees today, it's freezing here. Speaking of global warming, where is – we need some global warming. »

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The First Anti-Trump Documentary of 2017 – An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

29 March 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Al Gore is back. Yes, the man who should have been president in 2000 if democrats had thought a little deeper, worked a little harder. He made An Inconvenient Truth, which »

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Paramount Pictures debut An Inconvenient Sequel trailer

28 March 2017 9:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Paramount Pictures have released a new trailer for their upcoming sequel to An Inconvenient Truth. The film, titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power from Participant Media, and directed by Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk, follows former Vice President Al Gore as he continues his decades-long fight to build a more sustainable future for our planet.

Here’s the synopsis:

Climate Changes, Truth Does Not.

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. Cameras follow him behind the scenes – in moments both private and public, funny and poignant — as he pursues the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, »

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First Trailer for Al Gore's Doc 'An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power'

28 March 2017 6:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

"Send a message of truth to power." Paramount and Participant Media have debuted the first official trailer for the highly anticipated (right?) sequel to Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, titled An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. You've no doubt already heard about this, as the film premiered opening night at the Sundance Film Festival in January to mostly positive reviews. Al Gore returns, a decade after the original film, to tell us all about how things have only gotten worse and that we must do something now. An Inconvenient Sequel features a clearly angry Al Gore speaking even louder, with more impatience, about the truly worrisome issue of climate change and the man-made pollution causing it. I much prefer the other doc Chasing Coral, but this one is still worth watching. More than anything I hope it helps makes a difference. Here's the first trailer for Bonni Cohen & Jon Shenk's doc An Inconvenient Sequel, »

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Inconvenient Sequel Trailer Has Al Gore Fired Up About Climate Change

28 March 2017 6:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nearly 11 years after the powerful Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth hit theaters, former Vice President Al Gore returns to spread awareness of climate change even further in the highly-anticipated follow-up An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power. During Paramount's CinemaCon presentation today, the studio released the first trailer for this documentary sequel, which will hit theaters nationwide on June 28. This trailer also includes footage from President Donald Trump's campaign rallies, where he promises to put an end to the Environmental Protection Agency, at a time when we very well may need it the most.

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture, comes the riveting and rousing follow-up that shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution. Vice President Al Gore continues his tireless fight traveling around the world training an army of climate champions and influencing international climate policy. »

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Al Gore takes action in trailer for An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power

28 March 2017 6:08 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

In 2006, former United States Vice President Al Gore released An Inconvenient Truth, a documentary film which sought to educate citizens about global warming. The film became a critical and box-office success and has been credited for raising public awareness of climate change. Now, over a decade later, Al Gore is back with a timely follow-up in which he "continues his tireless fight traveling... Read More »

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