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Laura Dern is now an Emmy winner. Let’s just repeat that since it sounds so good: Laura Dern is now an Emmy winner. The actress won top honors in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her turn as Renata Klein on HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” The victory marks a high point in a year that has seen Dern return to peak. Her role as Diane Evans in “Twin Peaks: The Return” earned acclaimed from fans, and she’ll next be seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
Read More:2017 Emmys Winners List (Updating Live)
Dern’s win for “Big Little Lies” follows five previous Emmy nominations. She last earned a nomination in 2013 in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category for “Enlightened.” Dern’s performance on “Big Little Lies” summarized what was so great about the series. What on »
- Zack Sharf
Brad’s Status, the new film from Mike White (the creator of Enlightened and the writer of Chuck And Buck) is about a forty-something man’s emotional crisis. That information made me giddy with anticipation. Could White have come up with the male version of Amy Jellicoe in Ben Stiller’s Brad Sloan? Are we in for an emotional ride with a polarizing but endearing character with rough but compulsively watchable qualities?
Alas, no. If you were expecting all that, I’d say go in with tempered expectations »
- Murtada Elfadl
So you think a typical teen worries about getting into the right college. Get a load of Brad's Status, a high-anxiety satire from writer-director Mike White that focuses on a parent who thinks the process is far more traumatic for him. Enter Ben Stiller in one of his best and most acutely observed performances as Brad Sloan, a father taking his musical genius son, Troy (a standout Austin Abrams), on a tour of east-coast colleges. Mom Melanie (Jenna Fischer) had to work. Troy has the props to make the grade, »
Ben Stiller is the kind of actor whose default expression is around 5 on the face pain scale, and that tenuous middle ground between hurt and happiness is the bittersweet spot in which writer-director Mike White’s masterfully handled seriocomic character study “Brad’s Status” operates. Recalling the wincingly funny neurotic rabbit holes of Albert Brooks’ best work, not to mention White’s own previous heartfelt gems about well-meaning fumblers (“Year of the Dog,” HBO’s “Enlightened”), this bitingly amusing, ultimately emotional story of a dad barely managing an envy-driven midlife crisis — as he shepherds his son on a tour of »
- Robert Abele
There’s a standout moment in “Brad’s Status” when Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) sits down at a bar with a college-aged woman less than half his age who puts him in his place. After he spends hours drunkenly whining about his life’s work at a non-profit, expressing concerns that he never gets enough respect, she offers a succinct rejoinder that bursts his bubble in an instant. The scene epitomizes the movie’s appeal: Writer-director Mike White’s screenplay juggles warmth with a caustic edge that doesn’t only put Brad in his place; it sums up the essence of Stiller’s performances, giving a slew of solipsistic characters the medicine they deserve.
In the process, it also consolidates Stiller’s recurring motifs into a deeper, more melancholic version. Trapped in his »
- Eric Kohn
It’s hard to say how it happened, but over the past decade, Ben Stiller has effectively cornered the market on playing malcontent middle-aged white guys. So, while this is the first time he’s actually embodied Brad Sloan — the married and miserable fiftysomething who frets his way through “Brad’s Status” — this latest performance is basically just a slight variation on the characters he tackled in “While We’re Young,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and, most recently, “The Meyerowitz Stories.”
A piercing satire of first-world privilege from sardonic maestro Mike White (the writer behind “Beatriz at Dinner” and HBO’s “Enlightened”), “Brad’s Status” takes a tough, critical look at a one-time idealist (and fulltime egotist) who’s about to send his teenage son Troy (Austin Abrams) off to college. Instead of putting himself in his son’s shoes, Brad spends most of his time obsessing about his own failures, comparing »
- Peter Debruge
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Writer-director Mike White has dabbled in mainstream studio entertainment (his screenplays for The School of Rock and, less happily, The Emoji Movie), but his specialty is that slipperier, spikier sub-genre: the comedy of discomfort. His debut behind the camera, Year of the Dog, and his late, great HBO series Enlightened, as well as three films he wrote, Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl and Beatriz at Dinner, were all squirm-inducing portraits of people stumbling — and sometimes sliding toward madness — in their quest for meaning.
White's work is deadpan, with sharp stabs of satire, but what distinguishes him from a »
- Jon Frosch
Laura Dern is up for an Emmy for her role on “Big Little Lies,” and she’s loudly and proudly acknowledging the impact of the hit HBO series. “We’re changing the game for actresses over 40,” she said of the murder mystery at the Deauville Film Festival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-time Oscar nominee also sounded off about how female-led stories differ on TV and film and the importance of equal pay.
The two-time Oscar nominee celebrated “Big Little Lie’s” “wealth of great female characters” at the event. Also earning Emmy nods are Dern’s co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley. The former two served as producers. “You want [everyone] to win so they can go up together and they can all say how lucky we are to be collaborating,” she joked. The “Certain Women” star described her colleagues’ work as “brave, raw, hilarious, and heartbreaking,” and emphasized that “you can’t say one is better than anyone else.”
Dern seemed to attribute some of the “Big Little Lies’” success to the medium the story was told through. She identified TV as “a place where filmmakers have more autonomy to explore without the pressure of an opening weekend. It’s exciting for female-driven material and female characters, there’s no one saying, ‘She needs to be little nicer,’ or ‘She needs to be a little less complicated.’”
It’s worth noting, however, that “Big Little Lies” was written by David E. Kelly and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée — two men. The small screen has — deservedly — earned a better rep than film for offering women multidimensional roles in recent years, but the number of women with the opportunity to write and direct for TV remains disappointingly low (and men still outnumber women when it comes to major characters and speaking roles on TV).
Dern is well-aware that Hollywood has a long way to go. She said that her mother, Diane Ladd, fought for equal pay back in the ’70s, and she’s surprised so little has changed in three decades. “We are demanding nothing less right now,” Dern said of equal pay — but she recognizes it’s still not happening.
The “Enlightened” alumna addressed her own resume and how it falls short when it comes to collaborating with women directors. “People will ask me why I haven’t worked with more women directors — it’s because they didn’t get the job. And it’s tragic,” she said. “But if a financier is hiring, from a list of directors it is rare that one female name is on there.”
A second season of “Big Little Lies” has yet to be confirmed. The show’s success with audiences and critics will hopefully help convince execs that there is indeed a demand for series about female characters over 40. According to The Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, during the 2015–16 TV season, “the majority of female characters were in their 20s and 30s (56 percent), whereas the majority of male characters were in their 30s and 40s (60 percent)” on streaming and cable programs.
Laura Dern on “Changing the Game for Actresses Over 40” and Equal Pay was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
September is a month of new beginnings.
Summer fades into fall, school begins again, and the movie world is buzzing with the Toronto International Film Festival, which we're lucky to host here in Canada. However, even if you can't make it to Tiff, quite a few titles from the festival open in theatres across the country in September, so you can still be a part of the conversation.
Not only that, but there's plenty of highly-anticipated blockbusters opening this month, including the re-make of Stephen King's It, the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, and another Lego inspired animated adventure.
Check out our list of the movies you need to see this September!
Release Date: September 8th
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- Adriana Floridia
Oscar nominees Salma Hayek (Frida, How to Be a Latin Lover) and John Lithgow (Terms of Endearment, “The Crown”) lead an all-star cast in Beatriz at Dinner, arriving on Digital HD on August 29 and on DVD and On Demand September 12 from Lionsgate. The provocative and sharply hilarious film about characters from vastly different sociopolitical backgrounds colliding over dinner is written by Mike White (School of Rock, TV’s “Enlightened”) and directed by Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt, The Good Girl), and also features Chloe Sevigny (TV’s “Big Love,” Boys Don’t Cry), Connie Britton (TV’s “Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville”), Amy Landecker (TV’s “Transparent,” Doctor Strange), and Jay Duplass (TV’s “Transparent,” “Togetherness”).
Salma Hayek shines in this provocatively funny fish-out-of-water comedy. Beatriz (Hayek), an immigrant from a poor Mexican town, draws upon her innate kindness as a spiritual health practitioner in L.A. Doug Strutt (Lithgow) is »
- Tom Stockman
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.
Read More: Ben Stiller Explains the Importance of Celebrating Human Stories
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
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