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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

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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.

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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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Why the 2018 Best Actress Oscar Race is Crowded, Again

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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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Chrissy Metz Can Hardly Believe She Was Nominated for Her First Emmy Award: ''It's So Rewarding on a Level I Can't Describe''

Chrissy Metz Can Hardly Believe She Was Nominated for Her First Emmy Award: ''It's So Rewarding on a Level I Can't Describe''
The kids are all right! Congratulations are in order for the entire cast of This Is Us—and especially for Chrissy Metz. The 36-year-old actress scored her very first Emmy nomination today for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. E!'s Daily Pop hosts gave the actress a ring this morning during which she admitted she had a hard time believing the news was true. "I literally had to ask someone twice like, 'Are we sure? Can we just check it again? Are we sure?' You don't want to celebrate too soon," she modestly told hosts Catt Sadler, Justin Sylvester, Carissa Culiner. and Kristin dos Santos. Obviously, Metz hasn't quite...
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Gael Garcia Bernal, Rosa Salazar Join Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ (Exclusive)

Gael Garcia Bernal, Rosa Salazar Join Maggie Gyllenhaal’s ‘Kindergarten Teacher’ (Exclusive)
Gael Garcia Bernal, Rosa Salazar, Michael Chernus, Anna Baryshnikov, Daisy Tahan, Samrat Chakrabarti and Ajay Naidu have joined the cast of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s drama “The Kindergarten Teacher,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Filming is starting on July 12 in New York. Maven Pictures is producing the film, based on Nadav Lapid’s Israeli film of the same name. Gyllenhaal is also producing along with Maven Pictures co-founders Trudie Styler, Celine Rattray, and Talia Kleinhendler.

Sara Colangelo is directing from her own adapted screenplay in which a kindergarten teacher who grows more and more numb each day she remains stuck in her mundane Staten Island life. When she discovers what may be a prodigious five-year old poet in her class, she becomes obsessed with the child and his talent– risking her career, family, and freedom.

Gyllenhaal came on board the project in late May. She received an Academy Award nomination for “Crazy Heart” and won a Golden Globe for
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Annette Bening Named President of Venice Film Fest Jury, Is the 4th Woman to Hold Position

Annette Bening in “The Face of Love”: IFC Films

Annette Bening is doing her herstory-making “20th Century Women” character proud: The actress has been named as the President of the 74th Venice Film Festival. According to Deadline, the four-time Oscar nominee will be the fest’s first female prez since French actress Catherine Deneuve held the role in 2006 — over 10 years ago. A total of four women have ever served as President at Venice. Chinese actress Gong Li and New Zealand writer-director Jane Campion served in 2002 and 1997, respectively.

Fest director Alberto Barbera didn’t shy away from addressing the fact that Presidents have been overwhelmingly male at Venice. “It was time to break with a long list of male presidents and invite a brilliant, talented, and inspiring woman to chair our International competition jury,” he acknowledged.

Of the new President, Barbera said, “I am extremely happy that Annette Bening has accepted this role, which she will carry out by virtue of her stature, her intellect, and the talents she has manifested over the course of her career, in Hollywood, Europe, and on the stage. Hers is a career marked by always interesting, often daring choices. A sophisticated and instinctive actress, able to portray complex shadings of character, Annette Bening brings to her roles an understating, a warmth, and a natural elegance that makes watching her films a wonderful and ever enriching experience,” he observed.

Bening earned Oscar nods for “The Kids Are All Right,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty,” and “The Grifters.” She was last seen in “20th Century Women,” a critically acclaimed dramedy set in 1979. Bening portrayed a single mother who enlists the help of her photographer tenant (Greta Gerwig) and a precocious teen (Elle Fanning) to provide guidance to her teenage son. Bening’s character is an aspiring pilot who ends up being the first woman to work in the Continental Can Company drafting room.

“I’m honored to be asked to serve as the President of the jury for this year’s Venice Film Festival,” commented Bening. “I look forward to seeing the movies and working with my fellow jury members to celebrate the best of this year’s cinema from all over the world.”

The jury determines the winner of the fest’s Golden Lion for best film as well as the other main prizes, such as the Silver Lion for best director. The 2017 Venice Film Festival runs from August 30 to September 9.

Bening is set to star in an upcoming installment of FX’s “American Crime Story.” She’ll portray Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana who served during and after Katrina. At least 1,245 people died in the tragedy, making it one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.

Annette Bening Named President of Venice Film Fest Jury, Is the 4th Woman to Hold Position 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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Annette Bening Named President of Venice International Jury

Annette Bening Named President of Venice International Jury
Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia, American Beauty, Bugsy) will head up the international competition jury of the upcoming Venice International Film Festival. 

Bening has been nominated for an Academy Award four times. Over her 30-year career in the industry, she has won two Golden Globes, a SAG Award and a BAFTA Award, among other honors. She recently appeared in a critically acclaimed performance in Mike Mills' 20th Century Women. Her upcoming films include Michael Mayer's The Seagull, Paul McGuigan's Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool and Dan Fogelman's Life Itself

"It was time to break with a...
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Annette Bening to Head Venice Film Festival Jury

Annette Bening to Head Venice Film Festival Jury
Rome – Actress Annette Bening will preside over the jury of the upcoming 74th Venice Film Festival, ending an 11-year succession of male jury chiefs on the Lido.

“It was time to break with a long list of male presidents and invite a brilliant talented and inspiring woman to chair our international competition jury,” Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera said in a statement.

“I am extremely happy that Annette Bening has accepted this role, which she will carry out by virtue of her stature, her intellect and the talents she has manifested over the course of her career, in Hollywood, Europe and on the stage,” Barbera added.

The last time a woman headed the Venice fest jury was in 2006, when French actress Catherine Deneuve oversaw the panel. Bening is the sixth woman jury president of the world’s oldest film festival. Gong Li headed the Lido jury in 2002; Jane Campion in 1997; Suso Cecchi D’Amico in 1980, and Sabine Azéma
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Focus Features 15th Anniversary: Enter to Win New Posters For ‘Moonrise Kingdom,’ ‘Lost in Translation’ and More

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Focus Features is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year with the Focus 15 initiative, which will bring some of their most beloved titles back to the big screen this summer in theaters all around the world. The celebration kicked off at Cannes last month, where the company premiered “The Beguiled” in competition (Sofia Coppola went on to win Best Director), and it continues this month at the Los Angeles Film Festival with screenings of “Lost in the Translation,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Kids Are All Right.”

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