8 items from 2015
As a screenwriter and director, Lorene Scafaria has shown an interest in characters at critical life crossroads. “Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist” and “Whip It” explored young people finding love and their identity, while the filmmaker looked at middle age concerns through the lens of a genre film with “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World.” And now comes “The Meddler,” featuring her oldest protagonist yet, a widowed woman starting life anew in Los Angeles, where she moves to be closer to her daughter. And while slight, the film’s genuine feeling and overall comedic consistency has enough breezy charm to make it go down easy and pleasurably. The whirling center of the movie is Marnie (Susan Sarandon), a recent New Jersey transplant to the west coast, who is adjusting to life in The Grove. The death of her husband Joe still looms in the background, but »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ellen Page and Julianne Moore have, over the courses of their career, received critical acclaim for numerous dramatic performances, with Moore’s filmography including the likes of films such as Safe, Boogie Nights, Far From Heaven, and I’m Not There, among others, culminating in an Academy Award for Best Leading Actress for her role in 2014’s Still Alice. Page, meanwhile, has been seen in Whip It, Inception, and The East. The two performers, however, have yet to work together, a fact that is poised to change with their upcoming feature Freeheld. The film’s synopsis is below.
New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester’s pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Unstoppable, ass-kicking heroines are still a minority in film and television, but we like to think that things are getting better. Women have been tearing it up in more and more in recent years in high profile Ya adaptations, superhero movies and gripping dramas from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain and Tatiana Maslany.
Here are some of the most awesome female leads from television and film, all waiting to be watched on Netflix right now:
Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire)
Young adult adaptations have been all the rage in recent years, with a gratifying number of talented young women taking the lead roles. Out of all of these, Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss has got to be our favourite.
Panem is a terrible place to live, and, on top of that, Katniss is handed some extra helpings of personal tragedy. And while not entirely comfortable or willing »
For the third week of February, Scream Factory is delivering a double dose of terror in their releases of the recent indie horror flick Animal as well as the 1989 cult classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Robert Englund and Jill Schoelen.
Magnolia is also bringing us V/H/S: Viral, the latest edition of their popular horror anthology series, home on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS (which is awesome!), and indie genre fans have tons of new titles to look forward to. And for you Game of Thrones fans out there, season four is making its way on Blu and DVD this Tuesday too.
Animal (Scream Factory, Blu-ray/DVD)
When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as »
- Heather Wixson
The romantic comedy centers on three single friends who vow to find Mr. Right within a year, after attending their best friend’s wedding without dates. It co-stars Grammy Award winners Jill Scott (“Get on Up” ), rapper-turned-actress Eve Jeffers Cooper (“Whip It”), Brooklyn Sudano »
- Anita Bennett
Friday’s Glee was a veritable ‘shipping delight for those invested in “Klaine” and “Samchel” — depending, of course, on which sides of those ‘ships you sail.
For example, if you find the concept of Sam and Rachel to be utterly revolting, there’s a good chance you’re still cleaning up the mess from your hour-long projectile vomit sesh. But if you’re all for Rachel testing the waters with Mr. Evans, this week’s Glee — from the duo’s performance of “A Thousand Miles” to that gasp-worthy lip lock — probably went down real smooth.
Of course, the fact that »
The actress has been booked as a guest host on the ABC daytime show for Tuesday, Jan. 20, TheWrap has learned. The appearance comes as Hall embarks on a promotional tour for her new Lifetime original movie, “With This Ring.”
See photos: 26 Daytime Talk Show Personalities Ranked by Popularity
Hall is the latest in a string of recent re-occurring guest hosts including “Orange is the New Black” star Laverne Cox, comedienne Rachel Feinstein and “Sex and the City” alum Mario Cantone, who’s served »
- Anita Bennett
Showcase of new work by international women filmmakers to end after 10 years due to financial pressures.
The Birds Eye View Film Festival will cease from this year after nine annual editions. Over a decade of activity, the showcase of films by international women directors included the UK premieres of features from Drew Barrymore (Whip It), Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) and Kim Longinotto (Sisters In Law) among others.
The festival, which ran in April, also provided development to more than 30 female screenwriters through three Labs and commissioned over 30 female musicians through Sound & Silents to compose and perform new live scores to silent films celebrating the contribution of pioneer women filmmakers from the beginning of cinema.
Founder Rachel Millward said financial pressures had led to the demise of the festival. “I am proud that the Birds Eye View Film Festival has been such a dynamic part of the conversation around women filmmakers over the last decade,” said Millward »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
8 items from 2015
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