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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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Horror Anthology Written & Directed by Women in Development at The CW, Drew Barrymore to Produce

Drew Barrymore in “Santa Clarita Diet”: Netflix

Genre fans, rejoice. A horror series written and directed entirely by women is in development at The CW, Deadline reports. Hailing from Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen’s Flower Films, Jill Blotevogel (“Scream: The TV Series”), and CBS TV Studios, “Black Rose Anthology” will explore subject matter such as repression, insanity, and sexual obsession “from a woman’s unique perspective.” Blotevogel will pen the pilot and is among the project’s executive producers.

Women writers and directors are particularly underrepresented in genre works. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, in 2016, “women were least likely to work in the action and horror genres, accounting for 11 percent and 12 percent of those working on these films respectively.”

Earlier this year women directors including Karyn Kusama (“The Invitation”) and Roxanne Benjamin (“Southbound”) banded together for “Xx,” a feature horror anthology comprising segments directed by women and starring female leads. And Ryan Murphy’s Half, a foundation within his 20th Century Fox-based production company aiming to diversify Hollywood, is leading to more opportunities for women to direct genre titles on the small screen. Murphy has committed to having 50 percent of all director gigs on his shows, including “American Horror Story,” go to either women or minority candidates, which he defines as people of color or members of the Lgbtq community.

No word on who will be directing the eps, but hopefully Barrymore will step behind the camera again. She made her feature narrative debut back in 2009 with Ellen Page-starrer “Whip It,” a feel-good story about a roller derby league. She currently stars in Netflix’s zombie comedy “Santa Clarita Diet,” set to return for a second season next year.

Hulu’s first season of “Harlots” was written and directed entirely by women. Both seasons of Own’s “Queen Sugar” were helmed exclusively by women, and every episode of Netflix’s next season of “Jessica Jones” will be women-directed.

Horror Anthology Written & Directed by Women in Development at The CW, Drew Barrymore to Produce 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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31 underrated movies well worth a look

Simon Brew Aug 18, 2017

Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about. That you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around. That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals..

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch films never really seemed to do much business in the UK, and that’s a real pity. No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into 1990s America, with no
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Texas Now Casting: Lead Roles for Male Actors in ‘Whip It’ + More

An upcoming short film is casting male nonunion talent fill its lead roles. “Whip It,” which focuses on “a disgruntled man [who] tries to interrupt a conversation between two dads after a Little League baseball game,” is looking for three male actors ages 30–50 to play the three roles. Rehearsals and shoot date for the production will be in Dallas, Texas, at a date Tbd. Pay is $50 a day minimum, with a meal provided. Do you fit the bill? Apply directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s Texas audition listings! Save
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Director Dagen Merrill Talks Atomica [Interview]

In the new sci-fi thriller Atomica, a young safety inspector is forced to fly out to a remote nuclear power plant isolated in the desert to bring it back online. Once inside the facility, mysterious clues and strange behaviors cause her to have doubts about the sanity, and perhaps identities, of the two employees onsite.

The film hits theaters March 17 then lands on VOD and Digital HD March 21, 2017. Atomica stars Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, Pet), Tom Sizemore (Heat) and Sarah Habel (Whip It).

Last week I had a quick chat about the film with director Daagen Merrill about the film.

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First off, where did you shoot the film? The location is amazing.

We shot in an abandoned T [Continued ...]
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Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat, Chloe Grace Moretz and More Join Immigration Ban Protests at Lax and JFK

Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat, Chloe Grace Moretz and More Join Immigration Ban Protests at Lax and JFK
Celebrities are showing up and speaking out!

As crowds gathered at international airports across the country over the weekend to protest President Donald Trump's executive order to ban more than 130 million people from the United States, including legal permanent residents and refugees, celebrities were quick to join and add their voices.

Watch: Sophia Bush, Miley Cyrus, Sia and More Respond to President Donald Trump's Immigration Ban

Among the few hundred peaceful protesters Et saw gathered at Lax on Saturday included Search Party star Alia Shawkat and Gaycation host Ellen Page. The actresses, who worked together in the 2009 film Whip It, walked with protesters on a permitted march through the international departures terminal and chanted along with the crowd, while Shawkat carried a sign.

The 27-year-old Shawkat, whose father emigrated from Iraq, used her social media presence to urge supporters to join the protest and repeat one of the popular chants: "Lax Come!" she tweeted
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‘Donnie Darko’ 15 Years On: Where are they now?

Donnie Darko Where Are They Now? We take a look back to see what happened to the cast and filmmakers behind this modern cult classic.

Read our Donnie Darko Where Are They Now feature below.

Donnie Darko Where Are They Now

Can you believe it’s been fifteen years since we were first introduced to Donnie Darko? Released back in 2001, the film told of eponymous eighties teenager Donnie whose life starts to unravel after a visit from a time-travelling giant rabbit named Frank. Donnie Darko is a mind-bending movie that has since amassed a substantial cult following over the years.

To mark the special Birthday, Arrow Films are releasing a special edition version of the film. When we say special, we mean really genuinely special. The new release not only features new content in the shape of interviews etc., but also a 4K restoration of the movie itself. This painstaking
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Bad Santa 2 Animated Shorts Relive Willie's Past Adventures

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Bad Santa 2 Animated Shorts Relive Willie's Past Adventures
Find out what Willie and Thurman Merman have been up to in the Nsfw Animated Shorts for Bad Santa 2. These animated shorts feature raunchy, laugh out loud moments from our favorite anti-hero as seen through the eyes of his trusty kind-hearted sidekick with the help of some clever animation. Don't miss this hilarious new comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox and Brett Kelly in theaters this Thanksgiving!

These animated shorts, which come courtesy of Broad Green Pictures, are entitled That's My Willie, which show that Thurman is still quite naive, as we see what Brett Kelly's Thurman Merman thinks about his hero, Willie Soke (Billy Bob Thornton). These brief shorts feature Thurman's thoughts about Black Friday, how Willie taught Thurman how to drive when he was just 12 years old, and how Willie almost "caught a train" to the end of the line. What
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Drew Barrymore Supports Ex Will Kopelman in NYC Marathon -- See the Sweet Pics!

Drew Barrymore Supports Ex Will Kopelman in NYC Marathon -- See the Sweet Pics!
Drew Barrymore was at the finish line of the New York Marathon on Sunday to cheer on her ex-husband, Will Kopelman, along with their two daughters, Olive and Frankie.

The 41-year-old actress and producer shared adorable pictures of her daughters cheering their dad on to Instagram to capture the fun family moment. 

Watch: Drew Barrymore Dishes on Her Secrets to Co-Parenting and Makeup-Free Beauty

"#girlswhocheerdadon #nycmarathon well done!!!," she captioned one sweet picture with the two girls in Kopelman's arms.

"#showingthegirls #tofinsihistowin #proud," she captioned another photo, showing a huge family hug.

Barrymore and Kopelman finalized their divorce in August after four years of marriage, but the two have continued to be on good terms to co-parent their children.

The Whip It director wasn't the only celeb at the finish line -- but some of the others had to get there the hard way, via a 26-mile run through New York City's five boroughs.

Halt & Catch
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Christmas 2016: the major movies heading to cinemas

Rob Leane Oct 28, 2016

Looking ahead to the movies heading to cinemas in time for Christmas...

The festive season is a great time to go to the pictures. There’s nothing quite like taking solace when it’s cold outside by cramming in with some like-minded folk to see a (hopefully) great movie.

Unsurprisingly, Hollywood studios have cottoned on to this. Year on year, there seems to more and more choice at the cinema come Christmas time. It’s almost like a second summer season, in terms of the sheer volume of major movies on offer. This isn’t likely to change any time soon, especially when you look at the cash banked by Star Wars: The Force Awakens last Christmas. And that's not to mention the festive season's nearness to the Oscar race, which means that the major movies keep coming well into January.

There are many movies rocking around the multiplex during this Yuletide,
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Web Series ‘Twentyfiveish’ Relays a Weekend’s Worth of Quarter-Life Reevaluations

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Web Series ‘Twentyfiveish’ Relays a Weekend’s Worth of Quarter-Life Reevaluations
Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Twentyfiveish

Logline: Rosie travels with her best friend, Tucker, for a weekend getaway, reuniting with former high school friends who face equally uncertain futures.

Elevator Pitch:

#adulting is hard. “Twentyfiveish” follows Rosie, in the midst of a quarterlife crisis, who escapes for a weekend trip with her best friend Tucker. Upon arrival, she is surprised by former high school friends, some welcome and some not, who also face equally uncertain futures. Together, over the course of the weekend, they try to navigate their way through being twentyfiveish.

Production Team:

Brendan Robinson

Producer/Cast

Brendan is an American actor known for playing
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Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh Will Score the Thor: Ragnarok Soundtrack

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Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh Will Score the Thor: Ragnarok Soundtrack
I think we can all agree, that while we may love Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his solo adventures have left a little something to be desired. That being said, Thor: Ragnarok is shaping up to be something very interesting, and potentially special. Things just got even more interesting, as Marvel Studios has tapped Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh to compose the original score for Thor's third solo outing.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed the news that Mothersbaugh will be joining the project, which was originally reported by The Wrap. The studio has yet to make the announcement official. Many may feel that he is a peculiar choice to put together the music for Thor: Ragnarok, but Mothersbaugh has actually had a very impressive career outside of writing 80s hits like "Whip It" and "Uncontrollable Urge." He has nearly 200 composing credits to his name, dating back to the late 1980s.
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Tali Shalom Ezer Directing Ellen Page and Kate Mara in Romantic Drama ‘Mercy’

Israeli filmmaker Tali Shalom Ezer will direct Ellen Page and Kate Mara in the romance-drama “Mercy” with shooting set to begin in Cincinnati in September.

Ezer, who made her feature debut with “Princess,” will direct from a script by Joe Barton. Amy Seimetz, Pablo Schreiber and Elias Koteas have also been cast in key roles.

Producers are Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa for Killer Films along with Page and Mara. Executive producers are Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve through their Great Point Media and Karri O’Reilly.

Page is portraying Lucy, the daughter of a man on death row falling in love with Mara’s Mercy character, a woman on the opposing side of her family’s political cause. As a result, Lucy’s value for truth is tested as her world begins to unravel.

Page first revealed the then-untitled project last year during a news conference at the Zurich Film Festival,
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Will lightning strike twice? The 'Bad Santa 2' trailer wants us to think so

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Will lightning strike twice? The 'Bad Santa 2' trailer wants us to think so
Well, it’s going to be dirty, that much is for sure. Here’s one of those films I genuinely thought would never happen, no matter how many times they announced it. The original Bad Santa, directed by Terry Zwigoff, was manhandled so much during post-production and even after release that it’s one of those accidental hits. It wasn’t released by Miramax as much as it was abandoned to its fate. But one of the greatest things about the way films are digested by culture is that home video gives movies a long tail, and people can discover films over time, and word of mouth is still, at the end of the day, the single greatest weapon a film has. Bad Santa was a film that people passed along when they discovered it, and it’s a film that people tended to rewatch repeatedly as they shared it with other people.
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Watch Nsfw, Mother-Punching Red Band 'Bad Santa 2' Trailer

Watch Nsfw, Mother-Punching Red Band 'Bad Santa 2' Trailer
Thirteen years after the filthy hijinks of Bad Santa, professional thieves Willie T. Soke (Billy Bob Thornton) and right-hand-man Marcus (Tony Cox) reunite in the film's long-awaited sequel. The first trailer finds that disgruntled duo talking business at a diner, as Marcus teases a new job with a potential windfall of "millions." Fittingly, Soke fires back with a racist one-liner.

Overall, the clip is light on plot and heavy on button-pushing quips — like Soke, dressed in his familiar Santa attire, spouting profanity at passerby ("Ho, ho, merry Christmas. Feed the starving children.
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First Bad Santa 2 Teaser Heralds The Return Of Billy Bob Thornton’s Chain-Smoking Curmudgeon

With a lit cigarette in one hand and an alcoholic beverage in the other, Billy Bob Thornton makes his return in today’s first teaser for Bad Santa 2.

Pegged to hit theaters on November 23, when the black comedy sequel will bring its unique brand of festive cheer to moviegoers, Mark Waters (Mean Girls) is calling the shots behind the lens, and though 13 years have past since the original cult hit, Thornton hasn’t lost any of his charm as the bitter curmudgeon.

Indeed, many are hailing the mere existence of Bad Santa 2 as an early Christmas miracle. Long before Waters came aboard, a sequel to an R-rated seasonal hit from yesteryear was little more than a pipe dream, but low and behold, soon after Thornton confirmed he would don the big red suit once more, Broad Green Pictures and Miramax eased the wheels into motion.

And that’s
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‘Bad Santa 2’ Trailer: Billy Bob Thornton’s St. Nick is Back, Learned Nothing From The First Movie

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‘Bad Santa 2’ Trailer: Billy Bob Thornton’s St. Nick is Back, Learned Nothing From The First Movie
After nearly five years of rumors about a “Bad Santa 2” being in the works, we finally have a trailer for the much anticipated holiday movie. Judging by the looks of things, star Billy Bob Thornton’s Willie Soke hasn’t warmed up to his job as jolly old St. Nick one bit.

So what took so long getting the sequel off the ground? “The writer is still working on the script. He’s doing his rewrite right now,” Thornton told The Playlist way back in 2012. “We saw the first draft and we just had a few little things we wanted to take away or add and he’s doing that. The plan is to shoot that in the fall.” As is frequently the case in Hollywood, unanticipated script revisions can add years to a project’s timeline.

Miramax and Broad Green Pictures are releasing the movie in November. Thornton
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Producer RedOne Dishes on Recruiting J. Lo and Ryan Seacrest for His Music Video, Working with Michael Jackson and More

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Producer RedOne Dishes on Recruiting J. Lo and Ryan Seacrest for His Music Video, Working with Michael Jackson and More
RedOne might not be the most recognizable name in music - but he's responsible for some of the biggest Top 40 hits of the century. Born Nadir Khayat in Morocco in 1972, RedOne began producing and songwriting music in 1998. By 2006, he scored Billboard hits like Kat DeLuna's summer jam "Whine Up." But it wasn't until he teamed up with Lady Gaga that he became a go-to hitmaker in Hollywood. RedOne co-wrote and produced most of Gaga's earliest hits, from breakouts "Just Dance" and "Poker Face" to "LoveGame." Now 44 and with three Grammys to his name, RedOne has produced hits for everyone in the industry,
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Poster and trailer for Tallulah starring Ellen Page and Allison Janney

With less than a month to go until its release, Netflix has released a poster and trailer for its critically-acclaimed feature film Tallulah, which stars Ellen Page and Allison Janney; check them out here…

Tallulah, the Netflix original film, was written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), and tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen PageWhip It, Inception), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively “rescue” a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Way, Way Back), who mistakenly believes she’s the child’s grandmother. Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods, Moneyball), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Girls), John Benjamin Hickey (The Good Wife, Manhattan) and
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Ellen Page Kidnaps a Baby in Trailer For Tallulah'

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Netflix has released the trailer and poster for the critically-acclaimed film Tallulah, which will debut on July 29 in all territories where Netflix is available.

Tallulah, the Netflix original film, was written and directed by Sian Heder (Orange is the New Black), and tells the story of young vagabond, Lu (Ellen Page - Whip It, Inception), who lives in a van and is fiercely independent in her hand-to-mouth existence. When a chance encounter incites her to impulsively "rescue" a baby from a negligent mother, Lu, at a loss for what to do, turns to the only responsible adult she knows: Margo (Allison Janney - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, The Way, Way Back), who mistakenly believes she's the child's grandmother.

Tammy Blanchard (Into the Woods, Moneyball), Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, Girls), John Benjamin Hickey (The Good Wife, Manhattan) and Uzo Aduba (Orange is the New Black, The Wiz Live!
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