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“Lives of Women”
“I think that my refugee experience was very different than a lot of people coming to this country now,” says Milana Vayntrub in an episode of Indigenous Media’s new digital portrait series “Lives of Women.” Best known as Sloane Sandburg on NBC megahit “This Is Us,” the actress was born in the Soviet Union. Her family moved to the U.S. when she was just three years old.
“We had a lot of help when we got to America,” Vayntrub explains. She and her family received assistance with health care and education programs.
“There are moments in your life where you realize you could do nothing, but if you do, you’ll probably regret it forever,” she observes, seemingly referring to the current administration’s hostile attitude — and policies — toward refugees, and her refusal to stand by silently.
Watch the episode to hear Vayntrub open up about her childhood experience as a refugee. She also explains how following her “karmic duty” led her to pay back an organization that helped her family.
Created by Rodrigo Garcia (“Albert Nobbs,” “In Treatment”), “Lives of Women” feature 60-second episodes of women telling personal and revealing stories. “I was interested in doing something where we’re not looking at extreme lives or lives that are outrageous but lives that everyone can connect to,” Garcia has said. You can check out more episodes on the project’s YouTube page.
Exclusive: “This Is Us” Star Milana Vayntrub Shares Her Refugee Story in “Lives of Women” 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 deal covers film and television projects through Mockingbird Pictures banner.
The company has several projects in development with Curtis (pictured) and Lynn, including the upcoming AMC television series Dietland.
Curtis and Lynn first partnered at Mockingbird Pictures after producing Albert Nobbs in 2012. The pair have produced seven films together, including Arie Posin’s The Face Of Love, Victor Levin’s 5 To 7, and Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days In The Desert.
Curtis’ industry start was as Steven Spielberg’s assistant; the beginning of a 15-year professional relationship with the director. After working on Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, Curtis transitioned »
Skydance Media has formed a multi-year overall deal for both feature films and television with producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures, Variety has learned. The studio currently has multiple projects in development with Curtis and Lynn, including the upcoming AMC television series “Dietland.”
“Bonnie and Julie are exceptional people and incredible producers whose boundless energy, incomparable work ethic, and collective eye for mining and cultivating creative material are second to none,” said Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer of Skydance Media. “I have known and admired both of them for a long time and l am thrilled that they have become a part of the Skydance family. I look forward to the number of exciting film and television projects in our collective future.”
Curtis and Lynn first partnered under the Mockingbird Pictures banner after producing the Academy Award-nominated “Albert Nobbs” in 2012. Sine then, Lynn and Curtis have gone on to produce seven films together, including »
- Joe Otterson
“Forever My Girl” is the fourth film to land on the pre-Halloween weekend, which will also see launches of Paramount’s “2017 Cloverfield Movie,” Lionsgate’s “Saw: Legacy” and Universal’s Miles Teller Ptsd drama “Thank You for Your Service.”
“Forever My Girl” stars Roe as a country music super-star who left his bride at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, he’s suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.
The film is written and directed by Bethany Ashton Wolf, based »
- Dave McNary
Roadside Attractions has acquired domestic rights to Forever My Girl, a romantic drama produced by LD Entertainment from writer-director Bethany Ashton Wolf. Alex Roe and Jessica Rothe star in the pic, based on the Heidi McLaughlin novel, which will now hit theaters October 27. It’s the latest team-up for Roadside and LD, which has collaborated on seven films including 2011’s Albert Nobbs and 2010’s Javier Bardem-starrer Biutiful. Forever My Girl centers on country music… »
Jessica Jones is about to have her world rocked by an Academy Award nominee.
VideosThe Defenders Premiere Date Set at Netflix — Watch Sneaky New Teaser
Janet McTeer (The White Queen, Damages) is joining the series in its second season, Netflix and Marvel announced Thursday, playing an “undisclosed character who will have an enormous impact on Jessica’s life.”
“We couldn’t possibly be more excited to work with Ms. McTeer for our second season,” series creator/Ep Melissa Rosenberg said in a statement. “Her gravitas and authenticity are the perfect ingredients for all we’re trying to create this year. »
The film, which screened at the Telluride and Toronto festivals last year, also stars Jason O’Mara and Beverly D’Angelo. Producers are Julie Lynn, Bonnie Curtis, Wendy Federman, Carl Moellenberg and Elliott Webb.
“Wakefield” is directed by Robin Swicord from her adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story, in which a successful suburbanite commuter vanishes without a trace and hides in the attic of his carriage house garage, surviving by scavenging at night. He secretly observes the lives of his wife (portrayed by Garner), children, and neighbors and slowly realizes that he has not in fact left his family — he has left himself.
- Dave McNary
Just because a movie or a celebrity wins an Oscar, that doesn't mean the win was deserved. While the Academy Awards are seen as the capstone to awards season -- and one of the highest honors in the business -- we all know that stars and movies get snubbed or overlooked all the time.
What's worse is when we look back at what did win, and shake our heads in confusion and disbelief. So, with the 89th Academy Awards just around the corner, let's take a look back over the show's illustrious history at a few times the Academy voters clearly made a mistake.
Watch: 2017 Oscar Awards Nominees: 'La La Land' Leads With 14 Nominations
1. How Green Was My Valley wins Best Picture at the 14th Academy Awards in 1942
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Author: Zehra Phelan
The first look at Elle Fanning as English novelist, Mary Shelley, who is best known for the Gothic novel Frankenstein, has emerged via The Hollywood Reporter. The drama is currently under offer to buyers from Hanway at the Berlin Film Festival, Berlinale.
At the tender age of just 18 (19 come April), Elle Fanning has just been seen in an appearance in the sinister yet beautiful trailer for the upcoming The Beguiled alongside Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. She eems to have surpassed her elder sister, Dakota Fanning, through numerous projects which have not only gained critical acclaim (read our review of The Neon Demon here) but has many flocking to have her lead their pictures. Most recently we have seen her in Live by Night alongside Ben Affleck and just last week saw the release of 20th Century Women.
In the image Elle Fanning is lost deep in »
- Zehra Phelan
With production already under way, more cast members are starting to come together for LucasFilm's Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, with Fleabag creator/star Phoebe Waller-Bridge coming aboard. Her character's identity was not yet revealed, although it was stated that she is playing a "CGI-driven" character that will play a "significant part" in the ensemble cast. Her role in the Han Solo spin-off was compared to Alan Tudyk's K-2So droid character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which he portrayed through a motion-capture suit.
Variety broke the casting news this afternoon, although no further details were given regarding her character. Regardless of who she's playing, Phoebe Waller-Bridge joins a growing cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson as Han Solo's mentor, Garris Shrike, and Emilia Clarke as a currently unspecified character. There have been rumors that Emilia Clarke is playing Sana Starros, »
Author: Zehra Phelan
In 2015, Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel stuck two fingers up at the film industry with the Paolo Sorrentino directed Youth. It proved to the whole industry just because you’ve reached a certain age doesn’t mean you’ve lost your talent or appeal to the movie going public. In fact over the last few years we have seen actors such as Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Robert De Niro all prove they are all digging their heels in and not going anywhere.
Now it’s time for the ladies to get in on the act with Golden Globe-winner Dame Joan Collins – who we last saw make an appearance in last year’s Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie – Oscar nominee Pauline Collins (The Last Dragon Slayer, Albert Nobbs) and Italian heartthrob Franco Nero (Django, Django Unchained) all starring in the upcoming feel-good comedy, The Time of Their Lives »
- Zehra Phelan
Author: Zehra Phelan
Back in mid-December filming wrapped on the forthcoming drama, The Wife. The film centres around writer Joan Castleman and the split from her Nobel Prize winning husband. In the starring role of the woman at the end of her tether is Glenn Close and below you can see the very first look image of Close in the role.
Related: Glen Close Interview on The Girl with All the Gifts.
Glenn Close, who has had a illustrious career to date with roles in Fatal Attraction, Damages, Albert Nobbs, Dangerous Liaisons, and the recent Guardians of the Galaxy. She stars alongside Jonathan Pryce (The Man Who Invented Christmas, Taboo, Game of Thrones, Listen Up Philip »
- Zehra Phelan
UK sales outfit WestEnd Films has acquired international rights to American comedy-drama The Sweet Life, and will be showing the film to buyers at the forthcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
Directed by TV veteran Rob Spera (Criminal Minds), the film stars Chris Messina (Live By Night, Argo) and Abigail Spencer (Oz The Great And Powerful, Suits) in the story of two lost souls who embark on a road trip from Chicago to San Franscisco where they plan to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge together.
The film premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival last June.
The acquisition is a part of WestEnd’s recently-launched female audience brand WeLove, which is focusing on female-specific content and is developing projects from Agnieszka Holland and Alexis Zegerman »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom Grater)
13 items from 2017
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