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In Sam Taylor-Johnson's excellent debut feature, Nowhere Boy, she took on a familiar subject: the late John Lennon. What she decided to focus on about Lennon, however, was unique. Starting in his teenage years, she probed how sex and the thrill of performance drove the young musician, right as he was meeting the other young men who would start The Beatles. As written by Matt Greenhaigh, who also wrote the Ian Curtis biopic Control with a distinct focus on intimate desires over professional gains, John was the showman whereas George and Paul were the musical die-hards that … »
- Chris Cabin
“I used to believe that people determine their own lives. Yet there’s one force more powerful than free will — our desires,” says Naomi Watts in a new trailer for “Gypsy.” The two-time Oscar nominee plays a therapist who struggles to keep her personal and professional lives separate. Jean doesn’t just blur the boundaries of what’s appropriate behavior with her patients — she completely abuses the power and privilege that come along with her job. Her husband (Billy Crudup, “Jackie”) puts it more succinctly: “You need to control your fucking impulses,” he tells her.
The footage shows Jean manipulating her patients, lying to and cheating on her husband, and getting into all sorts of trouble. “We’re just here to listen. At the end of the night we go home to our lives and they live theirs,” a colleague tells her. But Jean clearly doesn’t relate to — or abide by — this philosophy.
“Gypsy” was created by Lisa Rubin. The first season of the drama features ten episodes, six of which were helmed by women. Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Nowhere Boy”), Victoria Mahoney (“Yelling to the Sky”), and Coky Giedroyc (“Harlots”) directed two episodes each.
“Gypsy” will premiere on Netflix June 30.
Trailer Watch: Naomi Watts Can’t Control Her Impulses in “Gypsy” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Like Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” and Moira Buffini and Alison Newman’s “Harlots,” Netflix’s upcoming “Gypsy” has dedicated itself to supporting women behind the scenes. According to Entertainment Weekly, the first season of the Naomi Watts-led psychological drama features 10 episodes, and six of them will be helmed by women. And all 10 eps will be penned by female writers.
Sam Taylor-Johnson (“Fifty Shades of Grey,” “Nowhere Boy”), Victoria Mahoney (“Yelling to the Sky”), and Coky Giedroyc (“Harlots”) are among the first season’s helmers. Creator/showrunner Lisa Rubin is writing alongside Jessica Mecklenburg and Sneha Koorse. Watts will serve as Ep, as will Liza Chasin (“The Theory of Everything”) and Rubin.
As EW summarizes, “Gypsy” centers on “Jean Holloway (Watts), an established New York City therapist who, on paper, has the perfect life: a notable career, a spacious home in the Connecticut suburbs, a successful lawyer husband (Billy Crudup), and a bright young child. What she lacks, however, is restraint. Jean’s insatiable curiosity ultimately sees her skirting ethical lines and blurring the borders of professional reality and personal fantasy, piecing together the fragments of her patients’ admissions while stealthily forging forbidden relationships — some more physical than others — with the people in their lives.”
Rubin’s idea for “Gypsy” — the first pilot she wrote — was inspired by the different moral standards women and men are held to. “I believe all the people have the capacity for good and for bad,” Rubin observed. “We’ve seen so many male characters, from Walter White to Tony Soprano to Don Draper, do things that are amoral, and we allow that. Why shouldn’t we allow that from a woman?”
Hinting at the behavior audiences can expect from Jean, Rubin added, “You’re having fun with a character who, at times, you’re going to be totally on board with, and at times completely appalled by.”
For her part, Watts is excited to portray a woman in the midst of an identity crisis. “Before she knows it, she’s creating another identity, and it feels like a cautionary tale. We can all live with our fantasies, but she’s acting on them… that’s a hard thing to live with when the lies get bigger and deeper,” the “Birdman” actress told EW.
Watts has a number of other projects in the works. She will play the matriarch of a dysfunctional family in an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ memoir, “The Glass Castle,” currently in post-production. Watts is also set to portray Gertrude in “Ophelia,” a retelling of “Hamlet” from Ophelia’s perspective. You can next catch the Oscar-nominated actress in Gaby Dellal’s trans teen drama “3 Generations,” which opens this Friday, May 5.
“Gypsy” will debut on Netflix this summer. Head over to EW for more info and to check out exclusive stills from the upcoming series.
Women to Direct Six of 10 Episodes of Naomi Watts-Led Netflix Series “Gypsy” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Chicago – Combining the history of golf with a heartbreaking romance seems like a contradiction, but the new film “Tommy’s Honour” does it fluidly, in part because of the two young actors portraying the romance. Jack Lowden and Ophelia Lovibond are the actors who anchor the film, and also are breaking out as performers.
The film – directed by Jason Connery – tells the story of Tommy Morris (Lowden), whose star burned brightly in the game of golf in its 19th Century roots in Scotland. His father, “Old” Tom Morris (Peter Mullan), was an innovator who helped to bring the game into the modern era, and the father/son dynamic is part of the story. The other element is the relationship between Tommy and his eventual wife Meg Drinnen (Lovibond), a pairing that has its own passionate destiny. With the backdrop of Scotland, the couple start their life together while Tommy becomes »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson took home his first Golden Globe for his performance in Nocturnal Animals on Sunday. During his speech, the 26-year-old English actor praised his wife, 49-year-old Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson, calling her his "soulmate." While the speech itself was enough to make us melt, we couldn't ignore the fact that Aaron and Sam have been cute for years. The couple first met in 2009 on the set of Nowhere Boy, and three years later, they tied the knot at Babington House in the UK. Aaron and Sam have two kids together, daughters Wylda and Romy, while Sam shares daughters Angelica and Jessie with ex-husband Jay Jopling. In honor of their romance, we're looking back at their cutest moments together. »
- Monica Sisavat
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