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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 »
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 »
- Dave McNary
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. »
- Laura Berger
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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 »
- Alex Ritman,Ariston Anderson
“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 »
- Nick Vivarelli
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.”
The entire Focus 15 screening schedule can be found by clicking here, and you can sign up with your email to get live updates and more details about the 15th anniversary celebration. Over the past 15 years, Focus Features movies have garnered 105 Academy Award nominations and won 21 Oscars, which means you »
- Zack Sharf
Focus Features will celebrate its 15th anniversary with open-air screenings in July at Rooftop Cinema Club locations in Los Angeles and New York as part of its Focus 15 initiative.
The Los Angeles locations are the Montalbán Theater in Hollywood and Level in downtown. New York locations are Yotel New York in Manhattan, and OfficeOps in Brooklyn. The Focus 15 initiative also includes a London retrospective in July.
Montalbán screenings include “Brick,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Theory of Everything,” “Hanna,” “Eastern Promises,” “Pride & Prejudice” and “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.” Level screenings include “Sin Nombre,” “The Constant Gardener,” “The Pianist,” “Beginners,” “Far from Heaven,” “In Bruges,” “Atonement” and “Dallas Buyers Club.”
Scheduled to screen at Rooftop Cinema Club at Yotel in New York are “Brokeback Mountain,” “Burn After Reading,” “Atonement,” “Moonrise Kingdom,” “The Theory of Everything,” “The Constant Gardener,” “The Pianist,” and “Pride & Prejudice.”
Titles playing at OfficeOps in New York are “Milk,” “The Place Beyond the Pines, »
- Dave McNary
Maggie Gyllenhaal has come on board to star in and produce the independent drama “The Kindergarten Teacher,[/link]” with filming starting on July 10 in New York.
Maven Pictures is producing the film, based on Nadav Lapid’s Israeli film of the same name. Producers on the film are Maven Pictures co-founders Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray, Gyllenhaal, and Talia Kleinhendler.
The story centers on 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 received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in “Crazy Heart. »
- Dave McNary
Trudie Styler, best known as Sting’s better half, doesn’t like an audience. As she sits down at the rooftop restaurant of a Cannes hotel to discuss “Freak Show,” her feature film directorial debut, she gently asks if her publicist can grab a coffee, saying she gets nervous talking in front of several people.
“I’ll make sure we don’t talk about tantric sex,” she jokes, a nod to the much-picked over aspects of her love life with Sting.
At 63, Styler is elegant and regal, every inch a rock star’s wife, but she connected with the story of “Freak Show” because of her own sense of being an outsider. The film follows Billy, a gay teenager, who struggles to fit in after being transplanted to a high school in the deep South. Despite facing harassment, he decides to run for homecoming queen. It’s based on a book by James St. James, »
- Brent Lang
There are probably only a handful of contemporary American directors worthy of being called great, and in this reviewer’s humble opinion, Todd Haynes is one of them – not just »
- Zhuo-Ning Su
From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama Everything, Everything, directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon.
What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.
Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything. »
- Movie Geeks
According to Deadline, Jeff Bridges and Diane Lane have signed on to star in an untitled drama for director Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale, Meadowland), which was previously known as First Chair and has been scripted by Stuart Blumberg (The Kids Are All Right).
The film will follow “a regimented, self-obsessed virtuoso violinist (Bridges) who is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and forced to move back in with his estranged wife (Lane) as he begins treatment. As they attempt to learn how to live with each other again, he experiences a profound change in his behavior that compels him to learn to connect with the music and the people that surround him in astonishing and unexpected ways.”
- Gary Collinson
Hot off rave reviews for directing the first three episodes of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Reed Morano has announced her next project. A press release revealed that the Indie Spirit Award nominee will helm an untitled drama starring Diane Lane and Jeff Bridges. The project is being developed by Bankside Films.
Scheduled to shoot in Boston this October, the film centers on a narcissistic virtuoso violinist (Bridges) who is forced to move back in with his estranged wife (Lane) after he’s diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. “As they attempt to learn how to live with each other again, he experiences a profound change in his behavior which compels him to learn to connect with the music and the people that surround him in astonishing and unexpected ways,” the press release summarizes. The project, penned by Stuart Blumberg (“The Kids Are All Right”), will be presented to buyers at Cannes later this month.
“The project has brought together some of Hollywood’s most exciting talent to tell an intensely moving story in a unique, refreshing, and dynamic way,” said Bankside Films’ Stephen Kelliher. “We could not be more excited to be working with such a prestigious team and to be working with our co-producers Emjag Productions to bring this very special story to the world.”
Lane added, “This is a wonderful story. I’m thrilled to have Reed behind the camera as our director and appreciate her keen eye and talent thanks to her previous work as a cinematographer.”
Morano is an acclaimed cinematographer whose credits include “Beyoncé: Lemonade” and “Frozen River.” She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her cinematography in “Meadowland,” her 2015 directorial debut starring Olivia Wilde. Morano is currently filming “I Think We’re Alone Now,” a post-apocalyptic movie toplined by Elle Fanning. She’s also signed on to direct the Ellen Page-starrer “Lioness,” a drama about a Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, the Marine who led the first Female Engagement Team in Afghanistan.
- Laura Berger
Exclusive: Jeff Bridges and Diane Lane are set to star in an untitled project from The Handmaid's Tale and Meadowland director Reed Morano, written by The Kids Are All Right scribe Stuart Blumberg. The project (formerly known as First Chair) marks the first film developed by London-based international sales and film finance company Bankside Films, which is beginning to ramp up its activity in the production arena. The story follows a regimented, self-obsessed virtuoso… »
Warner Bros. has released the first trailer and poster for their upcoming drama Everything, Everything, which hits theaters May 19. This unique romance, directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon, hails from Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures. The young adult adaptation could end up being one of the sleeper hits in a crowded summer movie season.
What if you couldn't touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face, or kiss the boy next door? The Warner Bros. drama Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won't let that stop them.
Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, »
The light-hearted Syd Hoff story starts with a boy named Danny befriending a good-natured dinosaur at a museum with Danny riding out of the museum on the dinosaur’s neck. The two then spend the day together playing, going to the zoo, having ice cream and letting other children use the dinosaur as a slide.
The company has optioned all non-publishing rights to “Danny and the Dinosaur,” which has sold more than 10 million copies. The script has been adapted by David Bowers and writing team Brian Sawyer and Gregg Rossen.
“The writers have transformed this wonderful book series into a vehicle for a top comedy talent,” said Harris, who has the title of president. “We see the feature version of ‘Danny »
- Dave McNary
Bob Guccione, who rose to fame when he founded Penthouse in 1965 and later declared bankruptcy in 2003, will be the focus of a new television series, Variety reports.
The program will attempt to push past Guccione's surface-level reputation as an extravagant-mansion-owner in charge of an erotic magazine. "Bob Guccione was more of an intellectual," maintains Rick Schwartz, co-founder of Jerrick Media, which will executive produce the series in partnership with Maven Pictures. "He was a complicated guy."
The story will pick up with Guccione in the years before he founded Penthouse, »
Jerrick Media and Maven Pictures are teaming up on the project and are currently interviewing writers. The filmmakers say they are interested in providing a deeper understanding of Guccione, who they maintain was much more than just a pornographer.
Schwartz says that Guccione’s Upper East Side mansion wasn’t a Big Apple equivalent of the Playboy mansion. Instead of hedonistic parties, Guccione would host salons with the likes of astronomer and author Carl Sagan or attorney Alan Dershowitz. In addition to producing Penthouse, Guccione invested in cold fusion, backed a science and science-fiction magazine entitled Omni, and released “Caligula,” a notorious epic that blended erotica, history »
- Brent Lang
One of our favorite films of last year, Mike Mills‘ emotional, warm-hearted drama 20th Century Women, arrives on Blu-ray this week. We’ve teamed with Lionsgate to give away five copies to our readers. See how to enter below and all entries must be received by 11:59 Pm Est on Sunday, April 2nd.
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Golden Globe winner Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia) stars in the transformative and insightful film, 20th Century Women, arriving on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD) and DVD March 28 from Lionsgate. Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay and nominated for two Golden Globes (Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Actress – Musical or Comedy for Bening), 20th Century Women is a cinematic love letter to the people who raise us and the times that shape us. The true-to-life story inspired by acclaimed writer/director Mike Mills’s (Beginners) mother also stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha), Lucas Jade Zumann (Sinister 2), and Billy Crudup (Almost Famous). Theatrically released by A24 and Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, the “impressive and moving” (The Playlist) celebration of family, womanhood, love, and freedom is a must-see film for all generations.
Now, you can own the 20th Century Women Blu-ray. Wamg has four copies to give away. »
- Tom Stockman
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