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No jokes about fish and visitors please — Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s horror fantasy musical is indeed about delectable creatures from the deep, but these particular mythical misses have their own agenda, and woe to the man who trifles with their affections. What’s today’s catch? A Polish phantasmagoria seemingly teleported from the glitzy 1980s.
The Criterion Collection 896
2015 / Color / 2:39 widescreen / 92 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 10, 2017 / 39.95
Cinematography: Kuba Kijowski
Film Editor: Jarosław Kamiński
Production Design: Joanna Macha
Costume: Katarzyna Lewińska
Special Effects makeup: Tomasz Matraszek
Choreography: Kaya Kołodziejczyk and Jarosław Staniek
Original Music and Lyrics: Barbara Wrońska and Zuzanna Wrońska
Written by Robert Bolesto
Produced by Włodzimierz Niderhaus
Directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
I’m normally an easy mark for bizarre genre-bending horror fare. I also like musicals of all sorts, »
- Glenn Erickson
Just over a week ago Diablo Cody signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, and now comes word that the Oscar winner has a new project in the works at Fox. Variety reports that the “Juno” screenwriter is executive producing “Two Nights,” a cop drama penned by “Finding Carter” co-creator Emily Silver, who will also serve as an Ep.
Fox has ordered a script for the series, which centers on Sunday Night, a former cop with memorable name and a smartass sense of humor “who lives on a shrinking island with her pet squirrel and not much else,” the source summarizes. “But when her foster father asks for help in the kidnapping case of a young girl, Sunday is pulled back into the world of law enforcement, forcing her to confront her own demons as she solves cases for the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI.”
Cody created Showtime’s Toni Collette-starrer “United States of Tara” and co-created Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical Amazon series “One Mississippi.” The former aired from 2009–2011, and the sophomore season of the latter series dropped earlier this month. Cody’s feature writing credits include “Ricki and the Flash,” “Young Adult,” and “Jennifer’s Body.” She made her directorial debut with 2013’s “Paradise.”
“Not to burst any bubbles, but this business is brutal,” Silver has warned aspiring TV writers. “Especially for the early stages of someone’s career. I started as an assistant, and while it’s not the only path to being a writer, it’s the one I would recommend for young people just starting out.”
Chief among her own inspirations is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” “I can categorically say I wouldn’t be a writer if it wasn’t for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’” she’s said. “I was 12 or 13 when the show first aired, and I felt like it was talking directly to me. Adolescence is hell, at least it was for ill-fitting glasses, retainer wearing, frizzy-haired me. I loved the strength of Buffy’s character, but I also loved that she made mistakes.”
Diablo Cody and Emily Silver Collaborating on New Cop Drama for Fox was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Following a delay in production and release, this weekend brought about our first look at the final Maze Runner movie, The Death Cure, teasing an intense and explosive finale. Come inside to check it out!
If you've been eager to get your first look at Maze Runner: The Death Cure, the first trailer arrived last night during the Teen Wolf series finale. If you missed it, however, you can check it out right here:
The Maze Runner movies have been among the most surprising Young Adult movie adaptations to hit in recent years, at least for me personally. I wasn't expecting much from the first movie, but was surprised at how engaging the characters were and the tension the filmmakers managed to bring. The sequel opened up the world with a larger threat while retaining the character connections. All together I'm eager to see how this franchise wraps up and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Cody: Dp/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood/ YouTube
Diablo Cody is taking the next step in her relationship with Warner Bros. Television. The Oscar-winning “Juno” screenwriter has signed a multi-year overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. She recently worked with them on an ABC comedy pilot, “Raised by Wolves.” Unfortunately, the U.S. adaptation of Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran’s UK series of the same name didn’t get a series pickup. The new pact will see her creating and developing new projects for Warner Bros.
Cody created Showtime’s Toni Collette-starrer “United States of Tara” and co-created Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical Amazon series “One Mississippi.” The former aired from 2009–2011, and the sophomore season of the latter series dropped on September 8. Her feature writing credits include “Ricki and the Flash,” “Young Adult,” and “Jennifer’s Body.” She made her directorial debut with 2013’s “Paradise.”
“I’m perhaps alone amongst my colleagues because I like talking about women’s issues in film, and feminism,” Cody said back in 2013, before inequality on-screen and behind-the-scenes was being discussed as openly and frequently as it is today. “I think a lot of women don’t like to do that. It’s usually, ‘Can we please turn the conversation back to my work?’ For me, it’s an important part of who I am.” She explained, “I feel like so much of the reaction to my work and to me is connected to the fact that I’m a woman, so I can’t avoid that conversation. A part of my career is that I am a woman and I’ve committed myself to writing roles for women. I cannot separate myself from that and say, ‘Oh, can we please just talk about my work?’ That is my work.”
Diablo Cody Signs Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
10 of the Best New Young Adult Books In September 2017 »
10 Young Adult Books That Tackle Racism »
Ricky Church chats with Wonder Woman: Warbringer author Leigh Bardugo…
One of DC’s latest initiatives to broaden its audience, characters and stories is to bring them to the Young Adult sphere with the DC Icons line of books. The first of the DC Icons was Wonder Woman: Warbringer, a new tale featuring a young Diana of Themyscira entering man’s world in order to protect a young girl named Alia. They discover that Alia is a descendent of Helen of Troy and her bloodline makes her a Warbringer, someone destined to bring conflict and war wherever they go. Diana and Alia must reach Greece in order to break the curse before others find a way to kill or use Alia to their gain.
Written by Leigh Bardugo, Warbringer was an exciting and intriguing read of Diana and a good introduction to DC Icons (you can read my full review »
- Ricky Church
Showcasing the Best in Independent and World Cinema
Thursday, October 5–15, 2017Acclaimed Festival Films From Around the World And New Offerings from Bay Area Filmmakers Highlight First Slate of Films Announced at 40th Mill Valley Film Festival
The Mill Valley Film Festival (Mvff), presented by the California Film Institute, has announced the first set of films to premiere at the 40th edition of the Festival, returning to Marin County October 5–15, 2017. The Festival will present the Bay Area premiere of many acclaimed films from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival.
Additionally, Mvff will launch many acclaimed Bay Area filmmakers’ latest films as part of the Festival’s effort to showcase the many established and emerging filmmakers in the Bay Area.
Early Confirmed films from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival at MVFF40:
- Sydney Levine
Ricky Church reviews Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo…
It should go without saying that 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wonder Woman and the excitement surrounding the character still hasn’t abated quite yet. Diana’s groundbreaking year continues in the form of Wonder Woman: Warbringer, the first in the DC Icons line of Young adult novels about their famous superheroes. Written by Leigh Bardugo, Warbringer captures Wonder Woman’s essence in an exciting tale.
The novel sees Diana as a young woman entering man’s world in the modern day. After a shipwreck happens near the coast of Themyscira, Diana breaks the rules to save a young woman named Alia, but discovers her life is in danger. Alia is a descendent of Helen of Troy and destined to bring about an age of war as the new Warbringer. As people chase Alia to try to kill or use her, »
- Ricky Church
Handbook for Mortals made a surprise appearance at No. 1 on the Young Adult Hardcover list, despite little evidence of sales. »
- Jackson McHenry
10 of the Best New Young Adult Books in August 2017 »
• The Cut "I'm rooting for the Lannisters" fun piece on Game of Thrones (which I still read about on occasion even though I haven't watched since season 2)
• /Film Guillermo del Toro's official tequila looks like it's from one of his movies
• Vulture every Charlize Theron performance ranked. Interesting list though I quibble with the order (as they seem to equate the quality of the movies with the quality of her performance and Theron is precisely the star she is because she is often able to be good even in terrible pictures). Also Young Adult should be #1
• Browbeat the internet goes wild for old Russ Tamblyn dancing clip from 1956
- NATHANIEL R
Two rarely screened films from women directors will be shown at the Quad Cinema in New York City. Joan Micklin Silver’s “Between the Lines” will screen as part of the venue’s monthly “Underexposed” series, which celebrates hidden gems of indie cinema, and Sheila McLaughlin’s “She Must Be Seeing Things” will be featured in “Coming Out Again,” its monthly series spotlighting overlooked queer films.
Micklin Silver’s “Between the Lines” follows the intersecting lives of several employees at an alternative newspaper in Boston. The comedy stars Lindsay Crouse (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Jill Eikenberry (“Young Adult”), Jeff Goldblum (“Grand Budapest Hotel”), and John Heard (“Home Alone”).
In honor of the film’s 40th anniversary, Micklin Silver will present her personal 35mm print of “Between the Lines” this Monday, August 7 at 7:00pm.
“Between the Lines” was Micklin Silver’s second feature film. Her feature directorial debut was National Film Registry selection “Hester Street,” a portrait of Russian Jewish immigrant living in 1896 New York. Micklin Silver’s other credits include “A Fish in the Bathtub,” “Crossing Delancey,” and “Loverboy.”
McLaughlin’s “She Must Be Seeing Things” is a psychodrama about the relationship between attorney Agatha (Sheila Dabney) and filmmaker Jo (Lois Weaver). Things are great until Agatha stumbles upon Jo’s diary and discovers that many of Jo’s past lovers are men. When Jo is out of town on a film shoot, Agatha “begins surreptitiously seeing (or hallucinating?) her partner out and about enjoying the company of men,” the Quad details.
This 30th anniversary screening of “She Must Be Seeing Things” will be held Wednesday, August 9 at 7:00pm, with McLaughlin in attendance.
Visit the Quad’s website to find out more about the screenings.
Quad Cinema to Screen Films from Joan Micklin Silver and Sheila McLaughlin was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
5 reasons to see Atomic Blonde5 reasons to see Atomic BlondeAdriana Floridia8/1/2017 10:03:00 Am
You had us at Charlize Theron.
When compiling a list of five reasons why you must see Atomic Blonde, it wouldn't be out of the question to simply list the actresses' name five times. After all, she is not just one of the most talented women in the business, but she's hands down, the most bad-ass female in Hollywood right now. That's why anytime she gets a role where she gets to exemplify just how bad she can be, we're all for it.
In Atomic Blonde, she plays Lorraine Broughton, an undercover MI6 agent who is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the death of a fellow agent, and to track down a coveted list that reveals the identities of double agents.
If all of that isn't enough to get you enticed, here »
- Adriana Floridia
Whew. That month was a swift one. It's August tomorrow, Wtf? While we continue updating those Oscar charts please check out some highlights you might have missed in July...
Podcast is Back The Big Sick, Baby Driver, Dunkirk, and more Charlize Theron in Jade Scorpion an early peak at greatness in a terrible movie Bright Or, 'how will we define a Netflix blockbuster?' Soundtracking Chris revisits Young Adult Roundtable Drama Reese, Jessica, Oprah and more on the hunt for Emmy Being There (1979) unexpected essential viewing for 2017 Okja's many delights on Netflix An Ode to Joan Harris for Mad Men's 10th anniversary An Ode to Julia Tfe's first restaurant review (wait, what?) The Furniture leered through Fassbinder's erotic Querelle Emmy Reactions our favorite nominations Emmy Reactions but how did they pass up ____?
- NATHANIEL R
Juliette Harrisson Aug 1, 2017
Looking to revisit the Discworld novels or try them for the first time? Here are some suggested routes through...
There’s a well-known question among fans of the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett’s forty-one Discworld novels – which one do you recommend to friends you’re encouraging to try the series? You’ll hear a number of different answers – and if your friend enjoys that first book, there’ll be a few different options for how to proceed with the rest of the series as well. Today, we’d like to be that Discworld-reading friend, and offer a few different recommendations for ways to get into this huge but incredibly rewarding series, or routes for a re-read for longtime fans.
The last time we saw Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi” alter-ego, she was still oscillating between life crises and a new lease of life “down on the bayou.” The comedian’s semi-autobiographical dark comedy — the first season of which saw Tig make a soul-searching return to her hometown for a painfully hilarious family reunion (of sorts) — is set to return to Amazon Prime on September 8.
Vulture reports that the show’s second season will see Notaro “facing a new batch of misfortunes and cantankerous locals.” We get to meet one of those “cantankerous locals” in the newly released trailer, which sees Tig getting into an argument with a homophobic receptionist who tries to have her thrown out of the local hospital. Also glimpsed making a return to the series is Notaro’s real-life wife Stephanie Allynne in the role of radio-station sound engineer, and potential love interest Kate.
Notaro co-created “One Mississippi” with Diablo Cody (“Young Adult,” “Juno”), and the first season saw a couple of women directors take the helm, with Nicole Holofcener (“Enough Said,” “Please Give”) and Shira Piven (“Welcome to Me,” “Fully Loaded”) directing four out of the six half-hour episodes between them. The show also has a female showrunner in Kate Robin (“Six Feet Under”), and both Robin and Allynne were numbered among the six women writers credited on the first season.
Notaro — who was thrust into the mainstream spotlight after her post-cancer-diagnosis stand-up performance went viral — has spoken to Deadline about her collaboration with Robin and the emotional experience of penning the show. “It’s like a big therapy session, our writer’s room,” the comedian said. “I mean, every day somebody is crying or sharing something they never told anyone.”
Check out the trailer for Season 2 of “One Mississippi” below.
Trailer Watch: Tig Notaro’s “One Mississippi” Returns For Second Season was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Alice Thorpe
Young Adult begins with a near ten minute stretch of almost silence before its recurring song choice bursts in and becomes one of the film’s most illuminating crutches of its antihero Mavis Gary, played with utter genius by Charlize Theron.
At the news that her high school sweetheart Buddy is a new father, Mavis departs her depressing life on a cringe-inducing quest to win him back, armed with tunes from their love that she keeps in a memory box in her closet. The keepsake mixtape “Mad Love, Buddy” begins with “The Concept” by Teenage Fanclub, quite the apropos band name for Mavis’s frozen disposition. After several instant rewinds it becomes clear this isn’t just a favorite road trip singalong, but the one she remembers Buddy by. Their song. »
- Chris Feil
Charlize Theron has done it all. Showing up in everything from clever comedies like Young Adult to live-action renditions of classic fairytales and everything in between, this prolific actress has an impressive variety of roles under her belt.
Theron, who happens to be bilingual, is also an Oscar and Golden Globe winner, if you weren’t convinced of her talent by the films she’s been in and the people she’s worked with. She’s no stranger to highly physical, stunt-heavy roles, having been in The Fate of the Furious, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Hancock, among others. This month, we'll see Theron back in her badass stunt-woman mode as she takes on the lead role in Atomic Blonde.
In Atomic Blonde, Theron plays an undercover MI6 agent in Berlin »
- Amanda Wood
Even Charlize Theron struggles to lose weight.
The 41-year-old actress is opening up about packing on the pounds for her role in the upcoming film Tully and the effects it had on her after she tried to lose the weight.
Related: Charlize Theron Says Her Kids Describe Her Job as ‘Playing Halloween,’ Takes Foul Shots in a Designer Dress
In a new interview with Variety, the Atomic Blonde star shares that she was looking for a role in a smaller film where she "could lose herself," which led her to reunite with her Young Adult director, Jason Reitman, for Tully. Theron plays a mother of three who gets a night nanny and the two form an unexpected bond. The part required her to gain weight, which she says was "harder for her now than when she was in her 20s."
"It was brutal in every sense," Theron, who previously put on 40 pounds for her Oscar-winning performance in the »
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