10 items from 2016
Murtada here. Carey Mulligan is continuing her quest to collaborate with the most interesting directors. After Luhrmann, the Coens, McQueen, Refn and Vinterberg, it’s time for Dee Rees (Pariah, HBO’s Bessie). The two are planning to work on an adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2009 novel Mudbound. Rees will write and direct, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund and Straight Outta Compton’s standout Jason Mitchell will co-star.
Despite what Mulligan claimed her agent told her after watching Suffragette (2015); 'Darling, you're lovely in it, but blue jeans film next”, it’s another period piece. Although this time it’s set post WWII in Jim Crow’s South. Mulligan will play a city bred woman who is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta cotton farm, and her entanglements with two soldiers returning home from the war - one of them is white and her brother-in-law, and the other is black, »
- Murtada Elfadl
It’s been five years since we got Dee Rees‘ remarkable debut Pariah and while she followed it up with the HBO movie Bessie, we’ve been waiting to see her get back to theatrical features. We won’t have to wait long either, as she’s set to direct Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke and Jason Mitchell in the World War II drama Mudbound. Variety reports that the film, adapted by Virgil Williams from Hillary Jordan’s 2008 novel, “revolves around a city worker in a WWII-torn country who relocates his family to a failing Mississippi farm and is forced to overcome insurmountable hardships, including his brother’s return from war.”
After breaking out with her portrayal of Nadine Macaluso in The Wolf of Wall Street (named Naomi Lapaglia in the film), Margot Robbie will get another chance to bring a real-life story to screens. According to Deadline, she »
- Leonard Pearce
With just two feature films, Dee Rees has shown she's a director who can elicit powerful performances from the actors she works with. "Pariah" gave a showcase role to Adepero Oduye, while last year's biopic "Bessie" saw Queen Latifah take home a SAG award, and earn a Golden Globe nomination for her turn as the famous blues singer. Now Rees is working with her most notable cast yet, and there's plenty of reason to be excited. Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke and Jason Mitchell are in negotiations to star in "Mudbound." Based on the book by Hillary Jordan, with a script by Virgil Williams ("Criminal Minds," "ER," "24"), the post-wwii story follows a woman who moves with her husband to his farm on the Mississippi Delta, and the war veterans — one black, one white — who work the land, in the still racially charged Jim Crow South. Here's the book synopsis: »
- Kevin Jagernauth
"Straight Outta Compton's" Jason Mitchell, as well as Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, and Garrett Hedlund are are in negotiations to star in a big-screen adaptation of Hillary Jordan’s 2009 novel "Mudbound," which Dee Rees is attached to direct. Jordan's award-winning debut novel is set in 1946, and follows the city-bred Laura McAllan who is trying to raise her children on her husband's Mississippi Delta cotton farm just after WWII, and two soldiers returning home from the war - one of them is white, and the other is black. Rees ("Pariah," "Bessie") will directing the independently-financed drama from a script she's rewriting, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Carey Mulligan and Jason Clarke are set to star in the indie drama “Mudbound,” based on the award-winning novel by Hillary Jordan, TheWrap has exclusively learned. Garrett Hedlund and Jason Mitchell are in negotiations to co-star in the film, which Dee Rees (“Pariah”) will direct from a script by Virgil Williams. Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson and Carl Effenson are producing, while Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Poppy Hanks will executive produce. Joe Drake will sell foreign rights. Set in 1946, “Mudbound” will find Mulligan playing city-bred Laura McAllan, who’s trying to raise her children on her husband’s Mississippi. »
- Jeff Sneider
“Todd Haynes‘ filmography is often overwhelming in its intellectual acumen and emotional devastation,” we noted upon the release of his latest film this past fall. “This is true of Carol, which is at once a return to the deconstruction of femininity, social mores, and mild anarchy of privilege, as well as an honest and heartbreaking story about falling in love and the trepidation therein.” Over 100 film experts, ranging from critics to writers to programmers, agree on the emotional power of the drama, as they’ve voted it the best Lgbt film of all-time.
Conducted by BFI ahead of the 30th BFI Flare: London Lgbt Film Festival, they note this is the “first major critical survey of Lgbt films.” Speaking about leading the poll, Haynes said, “I’m so proud to have Carol voted as the top Lgbt film of all time in this poll launched for the Fest’s 30th edition. »
- Jordan Raup
Sometimes people discover something that feels good and it changes their lives. Take Chris Columbus ("Home Alone," "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"). For five years at Nyu he worked closely with Richard Vague on their Columbus Vague Awards. "We'd fly into New York once a year and read scripts from the grad and undergrad film department," he told me in a phone interview, "meet students who pitched ideas, and award money from the school to help them make their first feature." Columbus didn't have much contact with the filmmakers after that but he'd track their progress and see such films as Dee Rees's "Pariah" get into Sundance with Spike Lee as executive producer. "I said, 'wait a second. I should be doing this in line with my company 1492, and create a company to help first time filmmakers find financing.'" So with his Nyu Film & TV grad daughter Eleanor, »
- Anne Thompson
Exclusive: Adepero Oduye has joined the starry cast of Oren Moverman’s The Dinner opposite Richard Gere, Rebecca Hall and Chloe Sevigny. Oduye most recently played Steve Carell's boss Kathy in The Big Short. Her credits include Pariah and 12 Years A Slave. She is repped by ICM Partners and Washington Square Films. The film, based on the worldwide bestselling novel by Herman Koch, began shooting in New York on January 21. Moverman, whose last film Time Out Of Mind also… »
"For the longest time I couldn't put a name to who I was. I didn't have an image to who was like me. It was torturous," Jane Lynch notes in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema, the savvy documentary from 2006 by Lesli Klainberg and Lisa Ades.
A few minutes after Jane lets loose, Todd Haynes, the director of Carol and Poison, adds, "I think films do make a difference. They get under people's skin, and they reflect our lives and our experiences back to us."
But if you're gay and don't check off Caucasian on various surveys, you have had a harder time finding yourself on the big screen. There's been Pariah (2011), The Watermelon Woman (1996), Brother to Brother (2004), and a handful of others of varying delight. But if you are a gay, black, Muslim teenager residing in Brooklyn and are in love with another gay, black, Muslim teen, where will you get media support? »
- Brandon Judell
Auteurs working within the confines of the studio system tend to disappoint, though we try to keep hope alive by anticipating the best for talented directors braving compromised visions. 2015 wasn’t without its fair share of standout studio fare, particularly with George Miller’s comeback for Mad Max: Fury Road, Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, Inarritu’s The Revenant, and J.J. Abram’s revitalization of Star Wars. Of course, there were just as many disappointments, including David Gordon Green’s Our Brand is Crisis and the Wachowski Siblings’ rather derivative Jupiter Ascending. While a couple items from our top 25 studio list last year were held over, we’ve noted a bright clutch of hopeful auteur items to look forward to in 2016. You’ll notice a common theme among our top items, including supernatural or extraterrestrial elements.
25. The Accountant – Gavin O’Connor
23. The Disaster Artist »
- Nicholas Bell
10 items from 2016
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners