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Sundance 2018 Women Directors: Meet Cathy Yan — “Dead Pigs”

Dead Pigs

Cathy Yan is a filmmaker whose work has been recognized by the Sundance New Voices Lab and Ifp Film Week. Yan’s comedic series “According to My Mother” won Best Drama Pilot at the New York Television Festival in 2016. Previously, she was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in New York, Hong Kong, and Beijing. “Dead Pigs” is her debut feature.

Dead Pigs” will premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 19.

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

Cy: The film is a mosaic of modern China, a social satire wrapped in a family drama, and a love song to the past about the things that change and the things that never do.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Cy: I was immediately taken by a news story about thousands of dead pigs found in the river outside Shanghai. I was born close to Shanghai,
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Filmmaker Who Accused Husband of Poisoning Her Pens Autobiographical Novel

Filmmaker Who Accused Husband of Poisoning Her Pens Autobiographical Novel
Galt Niederhoffer had a thriving film career with credits including 2010 films The Romantics (directing) and The Kids Are All Right (producing). But in 2015, she accused ex Jonathan Gordon (a former in-house counsel at Barry Diller’s Iac) of poisoning her. A nasty custody battle for their son ensued, with NYC tabloids covering every detail (and Michelle Williams testifying on Niederhoffer’s behalf). Now 41, the daughter of famed investor Victor Niederhoffer has published her fourth novel, Poison (St. Martin’s Press), optioned for TV by Ben Silverman’s Propagate Content. The plot echoes the Hollywood classic Gaslight. Or perhaps Niederhoffer’s own life: The...
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Filmmaker Who Accused Husband of Poisoning Her Pens Autobiographical Novel

Galt Niederhoffer had a thriving film career with credits including 2010 films The Romantics (directing) and The Kids Are All Right (producing). But in 2015, she accused ex Jonathan Gordon (a former in-house counsel at Barry Diller’s Iac) of poisoning her. A nasty custody battle for their son ensued, with NYC tabloids covering every detail (and Michelle Williams testifying on Niederhoffer’s behalf). Now 41, the daughter of famed investor Victor Niederhoffer has published her fourth novel, Poison (St. Martin’s Press), optioned for TV by Ben Silverman’s Propagate Content. The plot echoes the Hollywood classic Gaslight. Or perhaps Niederhoffer’s own life: The...
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The Golden Globes are absolutely useless in predicting Oscars success

Tom Beasley argues that the Golden Globes do not deserve their position as a major awards ceremony and Oscars precursor…

The film world briefly lit up with awards excitement earlier today with the announcement of the nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes. It was Guillermo del Toro’s warm and wildly enjoyable fantasy romance The Shape of Water that led the field, with seven nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Also featured prominently were Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Christopher Nolan’s war thriller Dunkirk and gay romance Call Me By Your Name. It was a less exciting day for those behind The Florida Project, which was shut out in all of the major categories, with the exception of Willem Dafoe for Best Supporting Actor.

The eyebrow-raiser, though, was the appearance of Jordan Peele’s potent horror satire Get Out, which popped up in several of the comedy categories, including
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Film News Roundup: ‘Florida Project’ Producers Honored by Miami Film Festival

Film News Roundup: ‘Florida Project’ Producers Honored by Miami Film Festival
In today’s film news roundup, “The Florida Project” producers and Peter Guber are honored and veteran distribution exec Richard Fay may have a new gig.

Honors

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival has selected “The Florida Project” producing partners Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri as recipients of the festival’s Precious Gem Award, Variety has learned exclusively.

The honor will be presented during the festival, to be held March 9-18. The film won Best Director and Best Supporting Actor accolades for Sean Baker and Willem Dafoe from New York Film Critics Circle along with Best Supporting Actor and Best Picture (Runner-up) from Los Angeles Film Critics Circle.

Chinoy and Silvestri also worked on Baker’s previous features “Starlet” and “Tangerine,” as well as the directorial debuts of filmmakers including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Demi Moore, Courteney Cox, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Biel, Eva Mendes, Alicia Keys, Kirsten Dunst, Bryce Dallas Howard, [link
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‘Downtown Race Riot’ Theater Review: Chloe Sevigny Mixes Heroin and Mother Love

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‘Downtown Race Riot’ Theater Review: Chloe Sevigny Mixes Heroin and Mother Love
The Kids Are All Right” is what Lisa Cholodenko called her 2010 film about a lesbian couple’s two teenage children. It’s a title that also accurately sums up Seth Zvi Rosenfeld’s new play, which he instead calls “Downtown Race Riot.” Presented by the New Group, the drama opened Sunday at Off Broadway’s Pershing Square Signature Center. “Downtown Race Riot” is about a drug-addicted mother’s two teenage children, and unlike the two moms in the Cholodenko movie, Mary Shannon (Chloe Sevigny) is a truly dreadful parent. But her kids, Joyce (Sadie Scott) and Jimmy (David Levi), are going to be all.
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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century

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The 20 Best Film Directors Who Came to TV in the 21st Century
While in recent years we’ve seen plenty of crossover between the film and television worlds, there have been a number of film directors whose engagement with this quasi-new medium has been truly groundbreaking, as they’ve found TV to be a far more creatively satisfying place than film. Thus, while they still may actively work in film from time to time, their TV efforts have proved unforgettable.

For the record, because we limited this to the 21st century, directors Nicole Holocenfer, Mimi Leder, David Lynch, and Tommy Schlamme were ineligible. But their accomplishments cannot be undersold.

Susanne Bier

Oscar winner Susanne Bier made her American television debut with the stylish and sexy John le Carré miniseries “The Night Manager.” Unlike Tomas Alfredson’s barren aesthetic for the Carré film “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy,” Bier opted instead to bring a golden-hued sensuality to nearly every frame of her Carré vision.
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Stranger Things Producer Talks Season 3 And The Possibility Of Life Beyond Hawkins

Barring one ill-conceived filler episode, Stranger Things season 2 was a worthy follow-up to the Netflix sleeper hit of 2016. But what’s next for the haunted folks of Hawkins, Indiana?

That’s a conundrum that has been left in the very capable hands of Matt and Ross Duffer, who seemingly have an “end goal” in mind when it comes to Hawkins, the Upside Down, and Eleven, who went from bald to bitchin’ in the space of 17 episodes. One thing that’s nigh on certain is that season 3 will feature a sizeable time jump to accommodate an aging cast, while the show’s producers, Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, recently told Collider that a handful of unresolved story clues are littered throughout the second season.

We definitely see when Will is saved… that particulate, we used to call it ‘the particulate of evil,’ it emerges not in the Upside Down but in our world.
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‘Stranger Things’ Is TV’s Most In-Demand Program, Independent Data Shows

The kids are all right. New numbers from an independent data-science company show that Netflix’s Stranger Things is U.S. TV’s No. 1 most in-demand program. The 1980s-set horror-drama series has seen a Season 2 surge that gave it a medium-leading 69.9 million average “demand expressions” for the week ending November 4, per Parrot Analytics research. That’s a 60% jump over the previous week, as the new season went live October 29. Parrot’s global TV measurement metric…
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Annette Bening to Receive Tribute from Museum of the Moving Image

Bening in “The Kids Are All Right”: Suzanne Tenner/Focus Features

Annette Bening is set to receive yet another honor. Variety reports that The Museum of the Moving Image is paying tribute to the “20th Century Women” star at its 31st annual Salute. Set to be held December 13 in New York, the event will feature an award presentation with clips from Bening’s 30-year career. Friends and colleagues of the four-time Oscar nominee will introduce the footage.

Previous honorees include Julianne Moore and Goldie Hawn.

“On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America’s finest living actresses,” said Michael Barker, co-chairman of the Museum’s board of trustees. “From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe’s ‘Coastal Disturbances’ to her emotionally complex performance last year in ‘20th Century Women’ and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming ‘Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,’ her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising. We at the Museum of the Moving Image have wanted to honor her for some time but there is no question in our minds that this is so obviously her moment.”

Bening has received a number of honors throughout the past couple of years, including a tribute at AFI Fest 2016, the 2017 Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and a BAFTA career retrospective last month in London. She’s earning raves — and Oscar buzz — for her role in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” set to bow December 29. She previously earned nods for “The Grifters,” “American Beauty,” “Being Julia,” and “The Kids Are All Right.”

“I’m always trying to get out of clichés of portraits of women,” Bening has said. She explained, “[I’m] uninterested [in] idealizing women [because] that’s so boring.”

Annette Bening to Receive Tribute from Museum of the Moving Image 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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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman presented a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women

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Why This Could Be the Year That Best-Director Oscar Nominations Finally Tip Toward Women
Kevin Spacey’s Oscar chances, obliterated. Dustin Hoffman’s, gone. While we don’t yet have the hashtag, March 4, 2018 will be remembered as the year that the issue of sexual harassment took center stage at the Dolby Theatre.

If one of the historical perks of Hollywood stardom was the ability to misbehave without consequences, those days are over. Sony pulled Ridley Scott’s AFI Fest closer “All the Money in the World,” which was primed for an awards campaign around Spacey, now accused of multiple instances of sexual harassment and abuse.

While Hoffman accepted a Hollywood Film Award Sunday night, it’s unlikely that his crusty New York patriarch will be in the running for “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” after multiple harassment claims — in addition to Meryl Streep’s own account of how he introduced himself by grabbing her breast. (Streep will move into Oscar mode as
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Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’

Annette Bening, Bill Nighy to Star in Family Drama ‘Hope Gap’
Annette Bening and Bill Nighy will star in the independent family drama “Hope Gap,” with William Nicholson directing from his own script.

Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales with North American sales co-repped by CAA and Protagonist. Protagonist and CAA will introduce “Hope Gap” to buyers at the American Film Market, which opens Wednesday in Santa Monica, Calif. Principal photography is set to begin in the summer.

Bening and Nighy will portray a couple married for 29 years. The story follows their son’s weekend visit to their seaside home, when Nighy’s character informs him that he plans to leave his wife the following day. “Hope Gap” tracks the unravelling of three lives, through stages of shock, disbelief, and anger, to a resolution.

“Ever since ‘Shadowlands,’ I’ve been obsessed by the collision of love and pain: ‘Hope Gap’ is the most intense, most painful, and most loving story I’ve ever told. I’m so proud
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Mia Wasikowska to Star in Mirrah Foulkes’ Live-Action Take on “Punch and Judy”

Wasikowska in “Tracks

Mia Wasikowska is bringing a famed puppet story to life. The “Alice in Wonderland” star will topline a live-action reinterpretation of the story of “Punch and Judy,” a play traditionally acted out with marionettes. Titled “Judy and Punch,” the project marks Mirrah Foulkes’ feature debut. A press release announced the news.

Described by Foulkes as “a crazy mix of fantasy, feminism, and fanaticism,” the film is set in the fictional town of Seaside, and according to its press release, “follows two puppeteers — the vain but charismatic Punch and his resilient and talented wife Judy — as they attempt to resurrect their show as a means of escaping their decrepit town.” The project is said to be “coarse and brutal, bubbling with violence, misogyny, and magic.”

“Judy and Punch” hails from Vice Media Australia and Blue-Tongue Films, and Vice Media (USA) and Screen Australia, in association with Film Victoria, have invested funds. Michele Bennett (“Chopper”) is among its producers.

Mirrah Foulkes is one of the most original new voices in cinema we’ve seen — someone who is able to find the perfect balance of character and chaos, emotion and humor,” said Danny Gabai from Vice Media. “We’ve had the pleasure of watching her develop her talents as a filmmaker over the years, and we couldn’t be more excited to team up with our friends at Blue-Tongue and Screen Australia to help make her wildly inventive script into a reality.”

Dumpy Goes to the Big Smoke,” “ Florence Has Left the Building,” and “Trespass” are among the shorts Foulkes has directed, and they’ve screened at fests such as the Toronto International Film Festival, London Film Festival, and Sydney Film Festival.

Besides the “Alice” franchise, Wasikowska’s credits include “Crimson Peak,” “Jane Eyre,” and “The Kids Are All Right.” She’s set to star in “Bergman Island,” Mia Hansen-Løve’s upcoming English-language debut. The drama is set on the Swedish island of Faro — the home of the film’s namesake, late director Ingmar Bergman — and centers on a couple, both of whom are filmmakers.

Wasikowska has said that she’d like to work with more women directors because “people respond to females a little bit differently — there’s less of a hierarchy on set.” Her dream collaborators include Jane Campion and Sofia Coppola.

Mia Wasikowska to Star in Mirrah Foulkes’ Live-Action Take on “Punch and Judy” 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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Outlander Recap: The Fine Print (Shop)

Outlander Recap: The Fine Print (Shop)
Need to catch up? Check out the previous Outlander recap here.

Talk about performance anxiety.

Both on- and off-screen, this week’s episode of Outlander has a daunting charge: Bring to life the scene fans of Diana Gabaldon’s books have spent years waiting to see — Jamie and Claire’s reunion in Alexander Malcolm’s print shop — and do it perfectly.

The Frasers’ first hours together in decades have to be fraught, but not depressing. They have to be romantic, but not syrupy. And above all, they have to be sexy — Jamie and his Sassenach do, after all, spend a
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Composer Carter Burwell’s Goodbye Christopher Robin Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD Drops on October 27

Sony Classical announces the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with an original score by Academy Award®-nominated composer Carter Burwell.

The soundtrack will be released digitally on October 13 and on CD on October 27, 2017. The film will be released in the Us on October 13, 2017.

Pre-order here.

Goodbye Christopher Robin is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week with Marilyn, Woman in Gold) and will be released in Us theaters by Fox Searchlight Pictures on October 13, 2017.

Carter Burwell said about the score:

“One of the riskier decisions Simon Curtis and I made with the score was to withhold the main theme until the middle of the film, when A. A. Milne begins to write and his friend Ernest Shepard begins to illustrate “Winnie The Pooh”. We did this to make that moment especially noteworthy, to make it the turning point of the story. Before that point, the music plays
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Annette Bening to Receive BAFTA Career Retrospective

Bening in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”: Tiff

Annette Bening’s career spans 30 years and includes four Oscar-nominated performances, so it comes as no surprise that The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has opted to host a retrospective of her renowned body of work. The “20th Century Women” star will discuss her experiences in the industry at a “BAFTA A Life in Pictures” event to be held in London on October 12, The Hollywood Reporter writes.

Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, and Emma Thompson are among the stars who have been hosted by BAFTA’s “Life in Pictures” series.

“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” doesn’t hit theaters until December, but Bening is already considered among the frontrunners to score a Best Actress nod at the upcoming Oscars for playing Hollywood star Gloria Grahame in the film. She scored rave reviews out of Telluride, where the romance made its world premiere.

Bening received Academy Award nominations for her breakout role in “The Grifters” as well as “American Beauty,” “Being Julia,” and “The Kids Are All Right.”

Last year Bening accepted the Career Achievement Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival and was honored at AFI Fest.

Annette Bening to Receive BAFTA Career Retrospective 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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‘November Criminals’ Trailer: ‘Baby Driver’ Star Ansel Elgort Solves A Murder

November Criminals” is a movie that, on paper, should be a homerun. Long in development, Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right,” “Olive Kitteridge“) was initially attached to direct, before Sacha Gervasi (“Hitchcock,” the upcoming “My Dinner With Hervé“) took over. With a script by Steven Knight (“Eastern Promises,” “Locke“) the film landed two rising young stars in Ansel Elgort (“Baby Driver“) and Chloe Grace Moretz, and even has the cinematography skills of Mihai Malaimare Jr.

Continue reading ‘November Criminals’ Trailer: ‘Baby Driver’ Star Ansel Elgort Solves A Murder at The Playlist.
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Venice Film Fest Chief Refuses to Accept Any Responsibility for Lack of Women

Vivian Qu’s “Angels Wear White” is the only woman-directed film to screen in competition at Venice this year: 22 Hours Films

The following is a rant.

Yesterday, a story broke that included comments from Alberto Barbera, the head of the Venice Film Festival, in which he responded to the lack of women directors in the fest’s main competition — only one of the 21 films is directed by a woman. It’s pretty amazing that this fest manages to have a worse record than Cannes in regards to women.

Barbera said, “I don’t think it is our fault.”

That’s partially true; it’s everyone’s fault. This is something that is on every single person in the industry. And it’s thanks to reporters who know that shortsighted answers are going to come from festival directors and other industry leaders who still have no interest in coming up with a long term solution to the problem. And by the way, Barbera has no issue with there being only one female-directed film screening in competition.

Barbera then added that he does not know who the director is when he screens a film. I call bullshit on that. So he watched Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” without knowing that it was directed by Alexander Payne? Or does that refer to non-high profile films? This statement must be clarified. Because if Barbera is saying that he watched films without knowing who made them (and he said he watched 2,000) and still only picked movies directed by men, there is a a bigger issue. But I don’t believe that to be true. Women-directed films receive prizes at festivals of all levels. To imply that it is acceptable that only one woman-directed film is included at a top-tier festival is brutally offensive to women filmmakers and filmgoers across the world.

This interview is especially insulting because Barbera’s tone suggests that women are just not good enough to be at Venice; if they were good enough, Barbera would have found them. And he tried to shut down any talk of sexism by reminding us that he made Annette Bening the head of the jury. (P.S. That doesn’t fly.)

And speaking of Ms. Bening, she stepped in her own pile of shit at the kick off press conference by saying: “The more we can make films that speak to everybody, the more we will be regarded as filmmakers…”

So, basically she said that women don’t make universal or commercial films that appeal to wide masses. That’s bullshit and she should know it. See the $800 million “Wonder Woman” grossed this summer. Bening is a woman who has been in a variety of movies directed by women (though none in the last five years) including the beloved “The Kids Are All Right” directed by Lisa Cholodenko.

She continued: “As women, we have to be sharp, shrewd, and creative in what we choose to make. Sexism does exist and there is no question about it. But things are changing.”

Bening might like to think that things are changing — all sorts of people think things are changing. But the numbers are steady. Talk is talk. We need action or the numbers and the attitudes will continue to be entrenched.

Venice Film Fest Chief Refuses to Accept Any Responsibility for Lack of Women 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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Why the 2018 Best Actress Oscar Race is Crowded, Again

For the second year in a row, the Best Actress Oscar race looks more competitive than Best Actor. Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman could score for her canny schoolmarm in Sofia Coppola’s Civil War drama “The Beguiled,” while Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) is superb as a southern farmer’s wife in Dee Rees’ Sundance hit “Mudbound” (Netflix). Coming up this month is Sundance musical “Patti Cake$” (Fox Searchlight, August 18), starring Australian breakout Danielle Macdonald.

As the make-or-break fall festivals loom, Oscar-winner Kate Winslet (“The Reader”) could land an eighth nomination for either Woody Allen’s Nyff closer “Wonder Wheel” (Amazon Studios) or for survival drama “The Mountain Between Us” (Fox, October 6), opposite Idris Elba. Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”) also has two plummy roles, as an arthritic artist (Spc’s in-release “Maudie”) or a mute (Fox Searchlight’s festival entry “The Shape of Water,” December 8). Also performing in
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