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Our 20 most anticipated movies at #TIFF17 so far!Our 20 most anticipated movies at #TIFF17 so far!Adriana Floridia8/15/2017 1:45:00 Pm
Movie lovers from all around the world look forward to the Toronto International Film Festival each and every year. One of the largest film festivals in the world, Canada’s own Tiff is always guaranteed to satisfy every type of movie fan—with big Hollywood titles to smaller indie films, international cinema, horror and genre films.
Today Tiff announced a plethora of additional titles to their already stacked line-up. Every week, Tiff has been adding new films to their 2017 slate, and we're becoming overwhelmed with the amount of films that we want to see at the festival this year. In addition to the ten films we previously highlighted, we've added ten more titles to our list to give you an ultimate guide regarding twenty of the hottest movies you'll want to either see, »
- Adriana Floridia
All this week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. First up: indie films and festival favorites.
“mother!” (September 15)
The return of Darren Aronofsky should be enough to get any cinephile back to the theater, but the fact that “mother!” has remained so secretive with just under a month to go has only made anticipation higher. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose lives are »
- Kate Erbland, Eric Kohn, Zack Sharf, Anne Thompson, Steve Greene, Michael Nordine, Chris O'Falt, Jude Dry and Jamie Righetti
Wet Hot American Summer returned to Netflix on Aug. 4 with an eight-episode series subtitled Ten Years Later, a nod to the 2001 film where a group of counselors agree to meet up 10 years after their memorable Summer. But never the type to shy away from cheeky winks and nods, creators David Wain and Michael Showalter decided to add a couple new cast members to the sequel in the form of characters they decided had been there the whole time. Enter Claire and Mark, a couple edited into scenes from the original movie and 2015 prequel series, First Day of Camp, who are now a power couple living in New York City. You may have recognized Mark Feuerstein as Mark, as he's been in a ton of TV, including recurring on The West Wing and playing the lead role on Royal Pains. But you may be wondering where you've seen Claire before. Related »
- Andrea Reiher
Amazon Studios has released the first trailer for writer/director Mike White’s (Enlightened) new film Brad’s Status. The family dramedy stars Ben Stiller as a middle-aged man working for a non-profit who suffers something of a mid-life crisis as his musical prodigy son (Austin Abrams) begins applying to colleges to start his own life. Stiller is very much the lead here, and it’s nice to see him tackling more dramatic material recently. He was terrific in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young, and looks to be giving a great performance here as well. … »
- Adam Chitwood
To be honest, we kind of forgot “Brad’s Status” even existed. The new film from Mike White (“Enlightened,” “School of Rock,” “The Good Girl“) certainly has a great cast, but the entire endeavor feels a bit rote and familiar.
Starring Ben Stiller, Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, Jemaine Clement, Jenna Fischer and Austin Abrams, the movie follows the titular Brad, who deals with a mid-life crisis as his son gears up to head to college.
Continue reading ‘Brad’s Status’ Trailer: Ben Stiller Has A Breakdown at The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ben Stiller has dabbled in the indie film world only twice this decade (three times if you count his small role as himself in Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice”), but both times have resulted in some of the best work of his career: Noah Baumbach’s “Greenberg” and “While We’re Young.” He’s reuniting with Baumbach for a third time in the well-reviewed Cannes family drama “The Meyerowitz Stories,” which is one of two high profile speciality releases that guarantee fall 2017 is the season Stiller officially becomes an indie movie star.
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Stiller’s other indie project is “Brad’s Status,” from writer-director Mike White. The comedian plays a suburban husband and father whose comfortable life is thrown into disarray when a trip to Boston to look at colleges with his son triggers a crisis of confidence. »
- Zack Sharf
A formidable actress, Laura Dern has been working in Hollywood since age 5. At 13 years old, the daughter of icons Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern became the youngest Miss Golden Globe and soon thereafter earned critical acclaim with her breakout role in Blue Velvet. The 1986 film also marked the first time Dern and director David Lynch would work together throughout her career, a pairing that continues with Twin Peaks’ celebrated return on Showtime.
Known for her highly emotive face, »
Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton on their new indie film Beatriz at DinnerSalma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton on their new indie film Beatriz at DinnerAdriana Floridia6/15/2017 11:17:00 Am
Beatriz at Dinner follows a holistic medicine practitioner who finds herself at a wealthy client's dinner party after her car breaks down. It stars Salma Hayek, John Lithgow, Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny and Jay Duplass, and is written by Mike White, the actor/screenwriter responsible for the scripts behind films like School of Rock, The Good Girl, and the incredible HBO series "Enlightened".
We had a chance to talk about the film with three of its stars, Salma Hayek, John Lithgow and Connie Britton. Discussions of spirituality, politics, class issues and more can be found below, and in the film, which opens at Cineplex theatres on Friday, June 16th. Check it out below and for tickets and showtimes, »
- Adriana Floridia
In Beatriz at Dinner, it'd be easy to say that John Lithgow's Doug Sutter is a Donald Trump stand-in. He's a real estate billionaire, he's been protested by activist groups, and his overall belief about the climate is let's have fun and make money while we can. However, calling him a Trump stand-in is a bit of a disservice to screenwriter Mike White (School of Rock, Enlightened) because making a thin-skinned, incoherent ego-maniac would be easier to do than what White and Lithgow create in Beatriz. Doug is willing to discuss … »
- Brian Formo
These three projects don’t make up half of Laura Dern’s 2017 body of work, but they do represent defining moments in the year’s entertainment landscape. Few movies or TV shows have been met with as much anticipation or scrutiny, and this level of intense speculation can be tough on an actor who’s been sworn to secrecy.
“A woman came up to me and said, ‘You don’t even tell your kids what part you played? Is that painful as a mother to have to lie to your kids?’ And I got so flustered!” Dern said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “I’m not trying to hurt people by not talking about it!”
Luckily, Dern is a veteran. She »
- Ben Travers
A standout turn from the often under-utilized actor is one of the many joys of this carefully choreographed dinner party satire that acts as a cutting allegory of Trump’s America
It’s tempting, if rather tiresome, to look for social commentary on the current, fractured state of the Us in whatever piece of culture that comes our way. A cursory glance at any coverage of the small screen adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale, aka The Show We Need Right Now™, will have made you boringly aware of this. But given that we’re yet to truly see the effect that the newly elected president will have on the creative direction of screenwriters, it’s mostly redundant to grasp at straws this early on.
But Mike White, who has quietly been writing some of the sharpest films (and one of the most underrated TV shows) of the past 15 years, »
- Benjamin Lee
Elisabeth Moss is set to topline another TV adaptation of a novel. Deadline reports that the Golden Globe winner will star in and executive produce “Fever,” a limited series based on Mary Beth Keane’s book of the same name. Moss holds the rights to the novel. She’s teaming up with BBC America and Annapurna Television to develop the period drama.
Published in 2013, “Fever” follows “the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever who became known as ‘Typhoid Mary’ as she spread typhoid across the burgeoning metropolis of early twentieth century New York,” the source summarizes.
“I’m so honored to be working with the incredible team of collaborators we have pulled together with Phil, Robin, BBC America, and Annapurna,” commented Moss. “I look forward to telling this story about one of the most infamous women in America, ‘Typhoid Mary,’ a woman whose true tale has never been told. She was an immigrant in turn of the century New York, a time of huge change and progress in America. She was incredibly unique, stubborn, ambitious, and in fierce denial of any wrongdoing until her death where she lived out her days imprisoned on an island just off of the Bronx in NY.” The “Mad Men” alumna added, “She is incredibly complicated, something I seem to enjoy playing.”
Moss currently stars in “The Handmaid’s Tale,” Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s best-selling feminist dystopian novel of the same title. The critically acclaimed drama was renewed for a second season just one week after its premiere. She won a Golden Globe in 2014 for her portrayal of Detective Robin Griffin in Jane Campion’s murder mystery “Top of the Lake,” set to return for a sophomore season this fall.
Elisabeth Moss to Star in and Produce TV Adaptation of Mary Beth Keane’s “Fever” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
The Handmaid’s Tale actress will also star in the series being produced by Annapurna Television.
Moss, who holds the rights to the novel, will star and serve as executive producer on the period drama.
Fever centres on the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever, known as “Typhoid Mary”, as she spread typhoid across the burgeoning metropolis of early twentieth century New York.
Moss acquired the original rights to Keane’s book and first sent the material to Phil Morrison (Enlightened, Junebug), who has signed on as director and executive producer. Robin Veith (The Expanse, True Blood) is currently set to pen the adaptation and will also serve as an executive producer alongside Moss, Morrison, and Annapurna’s Sue Naegle and Megan Ellison.
“I’m so honoured to be working with the incredible »
Elisabeth Moss‘ new role is positively infectious.
The Handmaid’s Tale star will play Irish immigrant Mary Mallon, infamously known as “Typhoid Mary,” in a new BBC America miniseries entitled Fever, our sister site Variety is reporting. Moss will executive produce, along with director Phil Morrison (Enlightened) and Mad Men writer Robin Veith, who will pen the adaptation.
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Based on Mary Beth Keane’s novel, Fever tells the story of Mallon, the family cook who was the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever in 1900s New York. »
Elisabeth Moss has found her next small-screen role.
Based on Mary Beth Keane's 1999 novel of the same name, Fever focuses on the first known healthy carrier of typhoid fever who became known as "Typhoid Mary" as she spread typhoid across the burgeoning metropolis of early 20th century New York.
- Kate Stanhope
Laura Dern and producing partner Jayme Lemons have launched a new company, Jaywalker Pictures. The two hang out their shingle with a robust television and feature-film slate in the works, including multiple projects at HBO.
Among the TV projects Dern and Lemons have in development are an untitled half-hour drama at HBO about a death-row psychiatrist, with Dern set to star; a drama, also for HBO, from writer Annie Mumolo about the development of the home-party marketing system of products, such as Tupperware; and a half-hour comedy for HBO from writers Arabella Anderson and Wendy West, based on Anderson’s life growing up homeless.
On the feature side, Dern and Lemons are developing “Candy & Mel,” from Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger, starring Dern as a woman charged with murdering her husband; “The Dog of the South,” written by Graham Gordy and Jay Jennings and based on the novel by Charles Portis; and “The Good Time Girls,” directed »
- Daniel Holloway
Considering her work on great TV like Enlightened and Big Little Lies, and classic films like Jurassic Park and Blue Velvet, Laura Dern is something of a favorite around here. So it’s with some pleasure that we report that she’s apparently in the mix to become the next president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences. According to Variety, the twice-Oscar-nominated Dern’s name has come up repeatedly as a replacement for current president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, whose four-year tenure in the office hits its term limit in July.
Boone Isaacs presided over some of the most publicly difficult years in the group’s history—not just the embarrassment of the Best Picture fuck-up at this year’s ceremony, but also an increased push for representation, both in the Academy’s make-up, and in the films and performers it nominates. Although they both worked on boosting »
- William Hughes
With current president Cheryl Boone Isaacs set to term out at the end of July, the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will soon be voting on new leadership. A handful of contenders have been bubbling up, but one particularly compelling name has just been tossed into the hat: two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern.
Sources tell Variety the actress is interested in taking the reins after being elected to the board of governors last July. If she runs and wins, it would be a splashy choice, not least of all because Dern is Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. She would also be the fourth woman to hold the office, after Isaacs, Bette Davis and Fay Kanin — not an incidental footnote given the organization’s push for diversity as of late.
Dern did not respond to a request for comment. »
- Kristopher Tapley and Brent Lang
How are we talking about the ending before it has even begun…?!
Nonetheless, Showtime has announced that its upcoming Twin Peaks revival — premiering Sunday, May 21 at 9/8c, with two episodes — will wrap its “18-part” run on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 8 pm, where it will again serve up double episodes.
RelatedEpisodes’ Final Season, Ray Donovan Get August Premiere Dates
Showtime also released the teaser above, which takes us on a tour of that wacky little northwestern town. »
- Clarence Moye
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