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Anybody else have the Golden Girls theme song stuck in their head after seeing Strand’s unique way of saying to Madison, “Thank you for being a friend,” in Sunday’s Fear the Walking Dead? Just me? Huh. Maybe you’re still trying to bleach from your brain images from what was arguably the grossest scene in the AMC drama’s history. Or maybe you’re replaying in your mind’s eye these other, less gag-inducing twists of plot. Read on for all the, er, gory details.
Excitement is building for “The Shape of Water.” Described by many critics as a fairy tale for adults, “Pan’s Labyrinth” writer-director Guillermo del Toro’s latest film just won the Venice Film Festival’s top prize, the Golden Lion, and scored rave reviews out of Telluride and the Toronto International Film Festival. For those of us who haven’t been able to catch the film at a fest, a newly released red band trailer will help tide us over until the thriller hits theaters December 8.
Set against the backdrop of Cold War era U.S. circa 1963, “The Shape of Water” stars Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”) as Elisa, a lonely and isolated woman who works at in a hidden, high-security government laboratory. The film’s first trailer revealed that she’s “mute and can hear everything, and that Elisa forms an intense connection with a mysterious creature (Doug Jones, “Hellboy”) being held captive in the lab for classified experiments. But much stands between Elisa and the creature’s happy ending — including the fact that one particularly awful lab employee, Strickland (Michael Shannon, “Loving”), is determined to take the creature apart to learn how it works.
This new spot gives a clearer impression of just how menacing Strickland is. “You deliver. That’s what you do. Right? Right?” he says to his reflection in the mirror. We also catch a glimpse of him interrogating Octavia Spencer, who plays Elisa’s co-worker and friend. “He’s coming for you,” she tells Elisa. “You’ve gotta go now and you’ve gotta take that thing with you.”
The highlight of the trailer comes when Elisa sends Strickland a well-deserved message. Check out the video to see what’s on her mind.
Trailer Watch: Sally Hawkins Faces Off Against Michael Shannon in Fairy Tale “The Shape of Water” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
In the opening sequence of “The Shape of Water,” Guillermo del Toro’s lovely genre-bending love story, there’s a fire at a chocolate factory, prompting a character to note that the smell of toasted cocoa in the air blends “horror and delight.” And while the line might be a tad on the nose, it’s a perfect prompt for the gorgeous and grotesque romance that del Toro (and co-writer Vanessa Taylor, “Hope Springs”) unspools. There are elements of “Beauty and the Beast,” “E.T.,” “Amélie” and “The Creature from the Black Lagoon” at play here, but as always, del Toro takes the stories. »
- Alonso Duralde
“If I told you about her, the princess without voice, what would I say?” So begins the first trailer for “The Shape of Water.” The so-called “princess” in question is Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a lonely and isolated woman who works at in a hidden, high-security government laboratory.
Despite her exciting-sounding job, the spot suggests that Elisa’s life is really quite mundane. She wakes up, polishes her shoes, clocks into work, cleans the lab, and wakes up the next day to do the exact same things. But all of that changes when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a huge secret — what we’re told “may very well be the most sensitive asset ever to be housed” in the facility.
Set against the backdrop of Cold War era U.S. circa 1963, “The Shape of Water” centers on the unlikely connection forged by the “asset” — a mysterious creature being held captive in the lab for classified experiments— and Elisa.
The trailer reveals that Elisa is “mute and can hear everything,” and it’s clear that her relationship with the creature transcends language. “When he looks at me, he doesn’t know how I am incomplete,” she explains via sign language. “He sees me as I am.” But the creature is in great danger. A lab employee (Michael Shannon) insists that he needs to “take it apart to learn how it works.”
Trailer Watch: Sally Hawkins Stuns in Other-Worldly Fairy Tale “The Shape of Water” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Having officially confirmed the casting of Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Jasmine) and Will Smith (Genie) as D23, The Tracking Board is reporting that Disney has now enlisted former Game of Thrones scribe Vanessa Taylor (Hope Springs) to rewrite the script for the live-action Aladdin remake.
Aladdin will take inspiration not only from the classic 1992 animated movie, but also the original One Thousand and One Nights folk tales. Production was originally slated to get underway this month, before being pushed back due to difficulties in securing the cast. »
- Gary Collinson
Mark your calendars: release dates for the Charlize Theron-toplined “Tully” and the Brie Larson-starrer “The Glass Castle” have been announced. Variety writes that “Glass Castle,” an adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ 2005 memoir, will hit theaters August 11. “Tully,” Theron’s second collaboration with writing-directing team Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman, will bow April 20, 2018, Deadline reports.
Shot in West Virginia, “The Glass Castle” revolves around the dysfunctional Walls family as they face poverty, addiction, mental health issues, and skirmishes with the law. Larson portrays Jeannette Walls as an adult, while Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson (“Hunger Games” franchise) play her parents, Rose Mary and Rex. “Glass Castle” also stars Sarah Snook (“The Dressmaker”), Ella Anderson (“The Boss”), and Max Greenfield (“New Girl”).
The comedic drama sees Larson reuniting with her “Short Term 12” director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who wrote the script with Andrew Lanham. IMDb also lists “UnREAL’s” Marti Noxon as a screenwriter. Noxon wrote a previous draft of the script when Jennifer Lawrence was attached to the project, but it’s unclear how much of a role Noxon played once Lanham came on board.
Lionsgate will release “The Glass Castle” on August 11, a weekend that in recent years has been dominated by Meryl Streep. Films like “Florence Foster Jenkins,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “The Giver,” “Hope Springs,” and “Julie & Julia” all had early August openings, and Streep eventually received Oscar nods for “Florence” and “Julie & Julia.” An August 11 premiere could mean good things for Larson come awards season.
Meanwhile, “Tully” centers on Marlo (Theron), a mother of three, and her night nanny, Tully (Mackenzie Davis, “Halt and Catch Fire”). “Hesitant to the extravagance at first,” Deadline details, “Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny.”
Theron last collaborated with “Tully” screenwriter Cody and director Reitman on 2011’s “Young Adult,” a dark comedy about an emotionally-stunted woman in her 30s (Theron) who decides to win back her high school sweetheart.
You can next catch Theron in “Atomic Blonde,” in theaters July 28. The Oscar winner plays Lorraine Broughton, an undercover MI6 agent working in Berlin during the Cold War. The action-thriller is based on “The Coldest City,” a graphic novel by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart.
Larson can currently be seen in theaters in the action pics “Free Fire” and “Kong: Skull Island.” The “Room” actress’ directorial debut, “Unicorn Store” is currently in post-production, but a release date hasn’t been announced just yet. The Oscar winner will star as Carol Danvers in 2019’s “Captain Marvel,”which will be helmed by “Half Nelson’s” Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
Charlize Theron’s “Tully” and Brie Larson’s “The Glass Castle” Receive Release Dates was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Sony Music Masterworks has released The Space Between Us – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and physically on CD. The album will also release on vinyl at a later date. The album features original songs by Ingrid Michaelson and the movie’s original score by Andrew Lockington (San Andreas, Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters).
The score was comprised of orchestral elements and salvaged items from junk yards to create unique sounds catered to the film’s story. This process of “upcycling” was in line with the film’s message about celebrating the beauty of our planet.
“I loved working with Peter [Chelsom, the director] and Richard [Lewis, producer]. They had a real vision as to what they wanted but also allowed me lots of freedom within that vision. It was a lot of fun to be a part of the movie from such an early stage,” remarks Ingrid Michaelson.
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The album is now streaming on Spotify. »
- Melissa Thompson
Everyone talks about Meryl Streep’s record-setting number of Academy Award nominations, but perhaps even more impressive is the number of Golden Globe Award nominations she’s received: 30, as of this year, with her latest nod for Florence Foster Jenkins.
In fact, the Hollywood Foreign Press seems to be so enamored with Streep that they’ll give her a nomination for pretty much anything (even Mamma Mia!). And now, they’re finally giving her the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
In honor of Streep’s incredible feat — only Jack Lemmon has even come close, with »
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