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By Jose Solís
Few actors can command the screen like Melissa Leo. She has cemented her status as a true scene stealing chameleon in films like The Fighter, Frozen River, Mildred Pierce, and The Big Short. And while she’s mostly regarded as a character, read supporting, actor, she gets a chance to show off her leading lady chops in The Most Hated Woman in America which debuts this week on Netflix. She plays atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair who led a campaign that banned Bible readings in public schools.
Leo infuses the part with heart and courage, so that she becomes a perfect embodiment of the notion that the personal should be political. Director Tommy O’Haver uses Madalyn’s kidnapping and horrific murder, to frame a film that aims to reach everyone’s humanity, regardless of their religious beliefs. Anchored by Leo’s majestic performance, it becomes »
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.
This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to »
- Edward Douglas
“Most Hated Woman in America”
Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins — these are the names most closely associated with atheism in the United States. But this wasn’t always the case. It was in fact a woman who founded “American Atheists,” an influential organization dedicated to defending the civil liberties of atheists and the separation of church and state. Described as “the most hated woman in America” by Life magazine, Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s story is brought to life by Melissa Leo in a new Netflix film, for which a trailer has just been released.
“What the hell is going on in here?” Murray O’Hair (Leo) asks as she bursts into her son’s classroom after hearing the children and their teacher recite The Lord’s Prayer. “In the constitution, there’s something called the First Amendment. The school board cannot force my son to pray — or anyone else,” she tells the class. When the teacher glibly suggests that Murray O’Hair sue the school board, she decides to do just that.
Rather than focus on the landmark court cast that followed, the true-crime biopic depicts Murray O’Hair’s disappearance, which occurred in 1995, more than 20 years after a Supreme Court ruling put an official end to Bible-reading in American public schools.
“Most Hated Woman in America’ captures the rise and fall of a complex character who was a controversial villain to some and an unlikely hero to others,” Netflix’s summary reads. The film co-stars Juno Temple (“Vinyl”), Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation”), Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”), and Josh Lucas (“The Mysteries of Laura”).
Leo won an Oscar in 2011 for her supporting role in David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” and received a nod in 2009 for her leading role in Courtney Hunt’s “Frozen River.” Her recent credits include Oliver Stone’s “Snowden,” “Wayward Pines,” and Margaret Betts’ “Novitiate,” which premiered at Sundance in January.
Trailer Watch: Melissa Leo Is an Atheist with a Cause in “Most Hated Woman in America” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
“Beauty and the Beast,” the fairy tale, dates back nearly 300 years. It’s had a long and winning life in film, television, and the theater, culminating, for recent generations, in 1991 with Disney’s animated version of the story of unbounded love. Now, Disney’s new live-action version of “Beauty,” which has experienced a small tempest over an “exclusively gay moment” — a novelty for a conservative and tradition-bound company — is on pace for a robust $120 million opening weekend.
That’s due in no small part to the contribution of the two veteran producers charged with bringing a fresh jolt to the age-old tale. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman knew they faced a formidable challenge when they were handed the reins to one of Disney’s crown jewels in 2013. When they assembled their cast for the first time for a reading in early 2015 at Shepperton Studios outside London, anticipation and pressure were high. »
- James Rainey
As war and chaos tear apart an empire, love finds a way to survive in The Promise, from Open Road Films, a trailer for which has just landed online. Starring Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina), Academy Award® winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Trilogy), Charlotte Le Bon (The Walk), Angela Sarafyan (Westworld), and directed by Academy Award® winner Terry George. Watch The Promise trailer below.
Here’s the official synopsis for the film:
Empires fall, love survives. When Michael (Oscar Isaac), a brilliant medical student, meets Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), their shared Armenian heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between Michael and Ana’s boyfriend Chris (Christian Bale), a famous American photojournalist dedicated to exposing political truth. As the Ottoman Empire crumbles into war-torn chaos, their conflicting passions »
- Paul Heath
Top 10 Oscar Winning MomentsTop 10 Oscar Winning MomentsAdriana Floridia2/23/2017 3:45:00 Pm
The most exciting part of the Oscars is obviously the winners.
Everybody there, no matter how confident they are in their chances, wants to win an Oscar. Oftentimes, these talents are calm and collected while they experience what may very well be the best moment of their lives. Other times, they expose the sheer excitement they're feeling.
With the Oscars coming up this weekend, we're taking the chance to throwback to some of the best Oscar winning moments in history. We're hoping this year can deliver some equally iconic moments.
10. Melissa Leo
Won: Best Supporting Actress- The Fighter (2011)
Moment: Rated R for Coarse Language
Won: Best Actor- The Revenant (2016)
Moment: The end of all Internet Memes (He Finally Won)
Won: Best Supporting Actor- Jerry Maguire (1997)
Moment: I Love You
Won: Best Supporting »
- Adriana Floridia
It’s understandable if you were all but done with Super Bowl Li. The second half turnaround for the New England Patriots was either one of the greatest or worst moments in sports history (for my money, it was closer to the latter…), and it’s time to put it behind us — at least, until the next season starts. But not so fast, a few Hollywood executives said. Quarterback Tom Brady‘s “comeback victory” at the Super Bowl will get the silver screen treatment, courtesy of screenwriters Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the pens behind The Fighter and last year’s The Finest Hours.
The project will be based on the new, untitled book by Brady and Dave Wedge. It follows the Patriots’ return to the top (as if they ever really left…), and it’ll include Deflategate, “Brady’s fall from grace” (Ugh!) and then his “triumphant return” to their fifth championship. »
- Will Ashton
Box Offices in New England are going to be booming soon, as two New England Patriots stars are getting the Hollywood treatment. Come inside for more!
Tom Brady and Malcolm Butler. Two incredible, immortal figures in NFL history are getting their stories put on the big screen. Everyone, even those unfamiliar with football, knows who Tom Brady is. Whether its from various movies, commercials, or the Deflategate debacle, he's pretty much a household name.
As for Malcolm Butler, he may be a guy you're less familiar with. An undrafted free agent from the University of West Alabama, a school not known for developing NFL stars, becomes a hero of an entire region when he intercepted Seattle Seahawks Qb Russell Wilson to clinch the win for the New England Patriots in Super Bowl Xlix. Long before that moment, he worked at a Popeye's hoping he'd get a shot at the NFL. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Malliaros)
Tom Brady: New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady (above) will be the subject of a book and movie to be written by Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson, Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. The idea is to cover the so-called "Deflategate" scandal that enveloped Brady in 2014 and the events leading to the most recent Super Bowl. Tamasy and Johnson previously received writing credits on The Fighter, Patriots Day and The Finest Hours, the latter based on a book by Sherman....
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Tony Sokol Feb 16, 2017
Disney is making a book and film about American football star Tom Brady...
American football star Tom Brady just won his fifth Super Bowl, and now he’s going to Disneyland. The New England Patriots’ quarterback, who commandeered the first overtime win in Super Bowl history, will be the topic of an upcoming book and movie from the writers of Disney’s The Finest Hours.
The book and film will be written simultaneously. The screenplay will be penned by Paul Tamasy (Air Bud) and Eric Johnson, who write the films The Finest Hours, The Fighter and Patriots Day. The book will be co-authored by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, the team that penned Boston Strong, which was the basis for the film Patriots Day starring Mark Wahlberg.
“When we’re looking for stories, we’re looking for these universal themes of overcoming odds and people using moments of adversity to inspire, »
If you haven’t had enough of Tom Brady over the past two weeks, rejoice in the knowledge that the five-time Super Bowl champion is going to be the topic of an upcoming book and movie from the writers of Disney’s “The Finest Hours,” TheWrap has learned. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, who were nominated for an Oscar for 2010 boxing drama “The Fighter,” are combining forces with New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman to tell the historic story New England Patriots’ quarterback. Also on board is fellow Bostonian Dave Wedge, who co-write “Boston Strong” with Sherman, which then got made into the. »
- Debbie Emery
Exclusive: A new book and feature film project about Tom Brady, who has won more Super Bowls than any quarterback in NFL history, is on its way. Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the writers behind Disney’s The Finest Hours who were nominated for an Oscar for The Fighter, and New York Times bestselling author Casey Sherman are reteaming. Joining up with them is Boston journalist Dave Wedge, who was Sherman’s co-author on Boston Strong. Tamasy and Johnson used the book as part… »
The latest horror flick filled with immense badassery to be added to Shudder's library is the fifth sequel in the Phantasm franchise, Phantasm: Ravager. Also in today's Highlights: details on the Clive Barker Reel Fear Contest, Portland International Film Festival's After Dark program, release details for Slasher.com and The Eyes, a new poster for Atomica, and production news and photos for A Haunting at Silver Falls II.
Clive Barker Reel »
- Tamika Jones
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
The actual awarding of the Grammys is great, of course, but let’s be honest: The performances are the real reason to tune in. The Recording Academy never fails to attract big names for the ceremony’s lineup, and this year’s James Corden-hosted show will be no exception. Here’s the full list of who’s scheduled to take the Grammy stage this weekend.
Beyoncé led the pack of nominated artists this year, with nine for her sweet Lemonade, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Mrs. Carter tops the list »
- Mary Sollosi
Jake Wilson Feb 28, 2017
Mark Wahlberg is a man of many talents. His rhymes are fresh, his frown is legendary, and it turns out he’s pretty decent in a bout of fisticuffs.
And then there's his acting. He has been in a wealth of films, usually fighting for, or alongside, the American flag. He's a gun-toting ass-kicker, and the world seems to dig it.
This is his game, his brand. Wahlberg moves between moral, no-nonsense cop and powerful, maverick law breaker and whilst he doesn’t always play armed characters, it is through these films that we can see the strands that »
This editorial must be started with a few things: First, I will not be including Lewis G Wilson, Robert Lowrey, or Adam West. They played Batman before many of us were born, it was a different time where campy jokes were abound, and I simply have never seen two of the three actors in action. Second, I am also not including the voice actors, and while Kevin Conroy is greatness, I can't list him here. Finally, I will try my best to not include the performance of the movie while judging the actor's work. At times this will be impossible, as seen in my pick for #5.
The problem for actors in portraying Batman is the fact that they also have to be Bruce Wayne as well. This can be problematic as the characters are almost a complete opposite from one another. Bruce Wayne is the mask of Batman, and it »
- Drew Carlton
Today's magic number is 31. Can you believe it took Christian Bale 31 movies to win Oscar's love?
He debuted in the Steven Spielberg film Empire of the Sun (1987) which was nominated for six Oscars so they knew of him straight from the get-go. But nothing seemed to do it -- not literary adaptations (Little Women, The Portrait of a Lady), neither relationship dramas (Metroland, Laurel Canyon), nor glam rock epics (Velvet Goldmine). Of course it didn't happen for superheroes or serial killers (Batman, American Psycho) but even war dramas (Empire of the Sun, Rescue Dawn) didn't do it. And then suddenly The Fighter (2010) did. He crushed his competition on the way to a win.
Sometimes not being nominated but being routinely excellent is a good way to build crazy momentum for a win. Which working actor do you think is heading straight to an Oscar win as soon as they're finally nominated? »
- NATHANIEL R
Everyone loves a good family drama, or dramedy, or dark comedy — or whatever your personal genre-demarcation preference may be — and they’re usually awards-show catnip. Whether it’s a more whimsically dysfunctional family like the Hoovers in Little Miss Sunshine or a decidedly sardonic group like the Burnhams in American Beauty, your nuclear unit probably seems normal in comparison. Check out seven of the more unhinged family-centric Screen Actors Guild Awards darlings.
American Beauty, 1999
Well, dad’s midlife crisis entails smoking pot, lusting after his daughter’s teenage friend, and quitting his job to a buy a sweet hot rod »
The following content has been sponsored by Paramount Pictures. Amy Adams has been nominated for a whopping five Oscars—and zero wins!—since she broke onto the Hollywood scene in 2005 with “Junebug.” Wracking up additional supporting actress nods in “Doubt,” “The Fighter,” and “The Master,” the actor then earned a spot on the shortlist for leading actress in 2013’s “American Hustle.” She’s also earned her status as a movie star with bona fide acting chops, as her recent turn in Paramount Pictures’ “Arrival” proves. With the announcement of the 89th Academy Awards nominations, “Arrival” has joined the ranks of sci-fi feature films that have received Oscar recognition for best picture. Netting an impressive eight nods total, the drama’s success is due largely to the magnetic talents of its star. “Amy Adams, she was the actress I was dreaming of,” says director Denis Villeneuve in the above clip. “She »
Ryan Lambie Jan 25, 2017
Nb: The following contains mild spoilers for Arrival.
By now, you’ve probably looked through this year’s Oscar nominations, and alternately nodded and tutted your head at the choices. One of the most pleasing developments, at least for a genre site such as ours, is how much attention has been lavished on Arrival - director Denis Villeneuve’s smart, elegant sci-fi drama.
Arrival has managed to earn itself a highly impressive eight nominations, including Best Director for Denis Villeneuve, Best Adapted Screenplay for Eric Heisserer (the film’s based on Story Of Your Life by Ted Chiang) and Best Production Design. Most impressive of all, »
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