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Film Festival Roundup: Laff Adds ‘The Beguiled’ and ‘Annabelle: Creation,’ Frameline41 Announces Lineup and More

26 May 2017 11:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Frameline, the world’s longest-running and largest showcase of queer cinema, is pleased to announce that Frameline41, the San Francisco International Lgbtq Film Festival, will take place June 15-25, 2017 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Festival celebrates the spectrum and intersection of identities that make up the worldwide Lgbtq community.

With an expected attendance of 65,000 at its five venues, including a full week of programming in the East Bay, Frameline41 will draw film lovers, media artists, and Lgbtq communities from across the globe to discover the best in queer cinema among its 147 films. More than 19 countries will be represented, including Armenia, Cuba, Mexico, Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, and Vietnam. The 2017 slate proudly comprises 40 percent of films from women directors.

“Frameline41’s films shine a »

- Kate Erbland

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Eva Longoria Joins Anna Faris in ‘Overboard’ Remake

25 May 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Eva Longoria has joined the cast of the “Overboard” remake at MGM, sources have confirmed.

The film stars Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez and is based on the 1987 romantic comedy starring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn.

The remake will be co-directed and written by Rob Greenberg (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Bob Fisher (“We’re the Millers”). Ben Odell and Derbez will produce through their 3Pas Studios.

MGM partnered with Pantelion Films to co-produce, co-finance, and co-distribute the film, with Lionsgate handling domestic theatrical distribution. Production stars this May in Vancouver.

The original movie will be re-imagined with a reversal of the leading roles. The story will focus on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families, portrayed by Derbez, who falls overboard off his yacht. He’s then convinced by Faris’ single, working-class mom that he’s her husband.

Longoria can currently be seen on the »

- Justin Kroll

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The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

25 May 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Each year, when “Casual” executive producers Zander Lehmann and Helen Estabrook brainstorm who should direct the new season, it starts with two very simple requirements:

“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.

“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.

Read More: ‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: 10 Reasons You Have to Watch Hulu’s Excellent Comedy Series

Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.

Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World… »

- Ben Travers

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The Best Indie Film Directors are Working on One Hulu Show, and Most Just Happen to be Women

25 May 2017 10:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Each year, when “Casual” executive producers Zander Lehmann and Helen Estabrook brainstorm who should direct the new season, it starts with two very simple requirements:

“We sit down and make our list of who we most want to work with, and which good indie movies we’ve seen lately,” said Lehmann, who created the Hulu comedy.

“We’ve always really wanted to match the indie filmmaking aesthetic and perspective with a television show, so a lot of it comes from us sitting down and thinking about, ‘Who are the directors working in this space that we’re really excited about?’” Estabrook said.

Read More: ‘Casual’ Season 3 Review: 10 Reasons You Have to Watch Hulu’s Excellent Comedy Series

Their Season 3 session saw a stronger push than ever into the indie film world, and the results are nothing short of a veritable all-star team.

Meet the Team: Lake Bell: The acclaimed director of “In a World… »

- Ben Travers

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Annabelle: Creation and The Beguiled to Screen at La Film Festival 2017

23 May 2017 12:01 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The dangerous doll from The Conjuring franchise is coming to the West Coast this June, as Warner Bros. will present a special advance screening of Annabelle: Creation ahead of its theatrical release this August, with Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled also announced for the festival.

Press Release: Los Angeles (May 23, 2017)— Today the La Film Festival, produced by Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that also produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, announced the Gala Screening of New Line Cinema’s Annabelle: Creation, directed by David F. Sandberg and starring Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson with Anthony Lapaglia and Miranda Otto. Also unveiled today, the panels for Diversity Speaks and the Global Media Makers.

Award-winning film company Focus Features will commemorate its 15th anniversary at the La Film Festival with five movies including revival programming and a newly added advance screening of Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled starring Colin Farrell, »

- Derek Anderson

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‘Annabelle: Creation,’ Sofia Coppola’s ‘Beguiled’ to Screen at LA Film Festival

23 May 2017 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The LA Film Festival will host an advance screening of “Annabelle: Creation” and an advance screening of Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled.”

The festival, now in its 23rd year, will open June 14 at the Arclight Culver City with the world premiere of “The Book of Henry” and close on June 22 with a showing of Aubrey Plaza’s “Ingrid Goes West.”

Annabelle: Creation” is the sequel to the highly successful 2014 movie “Annabelle” about a demonic doll introduced in “The Conjuring.” The film, due for an Aug. 11 release, is directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Lulu Wilson, Anthony Lapaglia, and Miranda Otto.

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Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Coppola on Hollywood Sexism, Their Feminist ‘Beguiled’ Remake

The Beguiled,” which is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival, is screening June 15 at the La Film Festival as part of a Focus Features 15th anniversary celebration with five movies including revival programming. »

- Dave McNary

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Casual Season 3 Review

23 May 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Four episodes were provided for review.

As Hulu continues to expand its creative horizons, it’s all the more refreshing to return to Casual. The charming, laid-back, frank talking party uncle of a television series is witty, funny, heartfelt, reserved and generally amusing in almost stark contrast to the streaming service’s other, bleaker original content, but that’s not to suggest that it doesn’t deal with its own fair share of emotional conflict. The darkly comedic drama series is melancholy, mournful and somber-eyed in its own ways, especially in its more downbeat, if still entirely delectable, third season, which finds engrossing, often touching and sometimes surprising ways to keep its low-key format fresh just as it’s on the verge of becoming formulaic. The result is another cuddly, but not as warm, season that proves showrunner Zander Lehmann knows exactly what he’s doing with characters who have »

- Will Ashton

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How 'Saturday Night Live' Turned Our Trump Nightmare Into Comic Gold

22 May 2017 8:12 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Donald Trump has desecrated pretty much every American institution he's been able to get his greasy toddler paws on. (We will never be investigated by the FBI the same way again). But Saturday Night Live, an institution that had suffered from a few shaky years in recent times, came out of its first Season of the Beast looking better than ever. Since coming back on the air last October, the sketch show had its highest ratings in over 20 years and more sweet sweet, sweet cultural relevance than it's had since »

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Vanessa Bayer Leaves ‘Saturday Night Live’ — Read Her Farewell Message

21 May 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Bobby Moynihan isn’t the only one leaving “Saturday Night Live.” Last night’s season finale also marked the final appearance of Vanessa Bayer, whose seven-year tenure made her the show’s longest-serving female cast member. She announced the news just hours before the episode began, making her departure Instagram Official with a heartfelt post.

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: One Dwayne Johnson To Rule Us All

“Thank you SNL for 7 years of laughs, love and incredible memories,” wrote Bayer. “It has been a dream come true. And thanks for this goodbye sketch at the table, Colin.” She first joined “Saturday Night Live” in 2010 and has become well known for her impressions of Miley Cyrus and Rachel from “Friends” in addition to her latest character, the incomprehensible “Weekend Update” meteorologist Dawn Lazarus.

Read More: Kristen Stewart and Vanessa Bayer Head to Cannes in Super Bowl–Themed ‘SNL’ Skit — Watch

Beyond the show, »

- Michael Nordine

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Vanessa Bayer Leaves ‘Saturday Night Live’ — Read Her Farewell Message

21 May 2017 12:56 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Bobby Moynihan isn’t the only one leaving “Saturday Night Live.” Last night’s season finale also marked the final appearance of Vanessa Bayer, whose seven-year tenure made her the show’s longest-serving female cast member. She announced the news just hours before the episode began, making her departure Instagram Official with a heartfelt post.

Read More: ‘Saturday Night Live’ Review: One Dwayne Johnson To Rule Us All

“Thank you SNL for 7 years of laughs, love and incredible memories,” wrote Bayer. “It has been a dream come true. And thanks for this goodbye sketch at the table, Colin.” She first joined “Saturday Night Live” in 2010 and has become well known for her impressions of Miley Cyrus and Rachel from “Friends” in addition to her latest character, the incomprehensible “Weekend Update” meteorologist Dawn Lazarus.

Read More: Kristen Stewart and Vanessa Bayer Head to Cannes in Super Bowl–Themed ‘SNL’ Skit — Watch

Beyond the show, »

- Michael Nordine

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Vanessa Bayer Leaving 'Saturday Night Live' After 7 Seasons -- See Her Sweet Goodbye Message!

20 May 2017 4:54 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Vanessa Bayer is officially leaving her post at Saturday Night Live after seven seasons.

"Thank you SNL for 7 years of laughs, love and incredible memories. It has been a dream come true," the 35-year-old comedian confirmed her exit via Instagram on Saturday.

Related: Exclusive: Bobby Moynihan Addresses 'Saturday Night Live' Departure After Nine Seasons

Deadline reports that Bayer's contract is up at the end of Sunday's Season 42 season finale, hosted by Dwayne Johnson. The outlet also confirmed that Kenan Thompson, who has been on SNL for 14 seasons, is also expected to return for Season 43.

Bayer's departure comes a few days after it was confirmed that SNL veteran, Bobby Moynihan, is also departing the show after nine seasons. Bayer joined the cast in late 2010 and was known for her roles of Rachel from Friends, Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy and child actress Laura Parson, as well as her hilarious impression of Miley Cyrus. She is the »

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Carrie Brownstein to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Fairy Godmother”

19 May 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Carrie Brownstein in “Portlandia”: Augusta Quirk/ IFC

In news that’s sure to please “Portlandia’s” feminist bookstore owners, actress, writer, and Sleater-Kinney guitarist Carrie Brownstein has signed on to direct the Chiara Atik-penned “Fairy Godmother.” Deadline broke the story. The film is a comedic revisionist take on the ubiquitous fairy tale character.

MGM acquired Atik’s “Fairy Godmother” spec script after a “competitive” bidding war last year. The film centers on a highly sought-after Fairy Godmother, Faye, who “is hired by a mind-bogglingly gorgeous teenage client, Kenzie, to find her true love with the hottest prince in the land,” according to the project’s official logline. Faye “finds herself facing an unfamiliar challenge when the prince starts falling for her instead.”

Helen Estabrook (“Whiplash”) is producing and Cassidy Lange will oversee the project for MGM.

As the source points out, “Fairy Godmother” is only the sixth film in MGM’s 93-year history to be directed by a woman. The company’s other women-helmed projects are Kimberly Peirce’s “Carrie,” Anne Fletcher’s “Hot Pursuit,” Thea Sharrock’s “Me Before You,” Stella Meghie’s “Everything, Everything,” and Rachel Lee Goldenberg’s “Valley Girl.” All of these titles have been released in the past five years.

This will not be the first time Brownstein steps behind the camera. The “Portlandia” star, writer, and co-creator has helmed episodes of the sketch show, “Casual,” and “Idiotsitter.” She also directed the 2016 short “The Realest Real” starring “Orange Is the New Black’s” Natasha Lyonne and “Moonlight’s” Mahershala Ali. The comedic drama, which centers on a woman’s wish for her idol to be her mother, was a X Award finalist at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

The multi-hyphenate published her memoir, “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl,” in 2015. Discussing her book with NPR’s Terry Gross, Brownstein observed: “One thing that is such a relief about art and creativity is the allowance of that as a shape in which to exist, that can be bigger than oneself, that can act as proxy to our own failings and speak to our own failings and vulnerabilities.”

Brownstein has worked on “Portlandia” since 2011. “Archer,” “Transparent,” and “Carol” are among her other acting credits.

Carrie Brownstein to Make Feature Directorial Debut with “Fairy Godmother” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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‘Portlandia’ Star Carrie Brownstein to Direct ‘Fairy Godmother’ Movie for MGM

18 May 2017 4:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

MGM has tapped Carrie Brownstein, the “Portlandia” co-creator and star, to direct its fantasy comedy “Fairy Godmother.”

The project was set up in October at MGM, which won a bidding war for Chiara Atik’s script about a fairy godmother hired by a teenage client to find her true love with a prince. Complications ensue when the prince starts falling for the fairy godmother instead.

Helen Estabrook, whose credits include “Whiplash,” is producing and MGM’s Cassidy Lange is overseeing the project for the studio. Brownstein has directed segments of “Portlandia” and Hulu’s “Casual.”

Brownstein, Fred Armisen, and Jonathan Krisel created the satirical series “Portlandia,” which debuted on IFC in 2011. The show stars Brownstein and Armisen, and won a Peabody Award and an Emmy and completed its seventh season in March.

The trio all serve as executive producers, writers, and directors. “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels also executive produces. »

- Dave McNary

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Newswire: Carrie Brownstein to direct MGM’s Fairy Godmother movie

18 May 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Portlandia co-mastermind Carrie Brownstein has lined up her first feature directing gig, with Deadline reporting that the Sleater-Kinney rocker has been tapped to direct MGM’s upcoming Fairy Godmother film. Written by blogger/playwright Chiara Atik, the film centers on the titular supernatural services provider, who finds herself in a bind when the prince she’s meant to be hooking up with her latest client falls in love with her instead.

Brownstein has been moving steadily into the world of directing in the last few years, cementing herself as something of a comedy Renaissance person. (She also wrote a well-received memoir, among other accomplishments.) Brownstein previously helmed a couple of episodes of Hulu’s Casual, Comedy Central’s Idiotsitter, plus her own IFC sketch show, which wraps up its run with an eighth season next year.

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- William Hughes

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‘Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein To Make Feature Directorial Debut On MGM’s ‘Fairy Godmother’

18 May 2017 3:03 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Carrie Brownstein, the actress, writer, musician, is getting ready to add “feature director” to her repertoire. The co-creator, writer and star of IFC's Emmy-nominated comedy Portlandia will make her feature film directorial debut on MGM’s Fairy Godmother. Take note: this marks the sixth female director that MGM has employed on its films, following Kimberly Pierce on Carrie; Anne Fletcher for Hot Pursuit; Thea Sharrock on Me Before You; Stella Meghie on Everythi… »

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Danny DeVito-Jeff Goldblum Comedy in the Works at Amazon

3 May 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

It sounds like an ’80s film buff’s dream scenario, but it’s reality: Danny DeVito and Jeff Goldblum will star in a comedy series in development at Amazon, TVLine has learned.

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The as-yet-untitled half-hour show follows Matt Downey (Goldblum) and Arlo Finkleman (DeVito), an “iconic music duo from the past” who can’t stand each other but are forced to reunite. Per the official synopsis:

As the talented but strong-willed pair attempt to reconcile, they turn to the people who somehow manage to love these two incandescent idiots — their wives, »

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The Big Sick: New Trailer Drops For The Judd Apatow-Produced Comedy

2 May 2017 5:25 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

A popular (and legitimate) knock against the movie industry today is that big-budget blockbusters are squeezing out smaller, independent films. Put another way, Hollywood math favors massive spectacles that fill stadium seating; consequently, there's simply less opportunity for lower-budgeted personal or human stories that explore relationships, culture, and society. Even though indies are far cheaper to make, they don't yield remotely the same level of revenue. Stupid math!

Fortunately, the emergence of cash-flush, independent studios like Netflix and Amazon -- who've cultivated diverse, niche audiences -- are bucking the status quo. They're betting that multi-platform, worldwide streaming services are the secret sauce to unlocking success in smaller films, which the monolithic, risk-averse studios wouldn't otherwise touch. It's a huge win for film buffs and cinema lovers, who maybe aren't seeing their interests reflected in the typical summer or holiday fare.

Related: Soon You Will Be Able To Choose Your Own »

- David Kozlowski

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“Roseanne” Revival in the Works

1 May 2017 9:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Roseanne”: ABC

More “Roseanne” could be on the way. A revival of the beloved ABC sitcom toplined by Roseanne Barr is currently being shopped to networks, The Hollywood Reporter writes. Creator/star Barr has already signed on, as have original stars John Goodman and Sara Gilbert.

According to the source, Gilbert is the driving force behind the eight-episode revival. The “Talk” co-host is set to exec produce alongside original series producers Barr, Tom Werner, and Bruce Helford.

Roseanne,” which ran for nine seasons from 1988 to 1997, is one of the few television series that depicts a working-class household — and from a female perspective, which is even more unusual. The sitcom followed the everyday lives of Roseanne Conner (Barr), her husband (Goodman), sister (Laurie Metcalf), and children (Gilbert, Alicia Goranson, and Michael Fishman).

Goodman’s return is surprising since the 1997 finale of “Roseanne” revealed that his character, Dan, was dead. He had died of a heart attack offscreen and as THR writes, “his appearances in the ninth and final season had been a product of the writings of the Roseanne character.” But it seems Barr has already worked out how Dan can appear in future episodes. In a 2009 blog post, she wrote about where she thinks the Conners are now. Barr believes Dan eventually returned to Roseanne after “faking his death.”

Since “Roseanne” ended, Barr has appeared in guest roles on shows like “The Office,” “Portlandia,” and “Cristela.” She also starred in the 2011 Lifetime reality series “Roseanne’s Nuts” and was the subject of the 2016 documentary “Roseanne for President!”

Gilbert has been a co-host of the daytime show “The Talk” on CBS since 2010. She serves as exec producer as well. Among her recent acting credits are “Supergirl,” “The Comeback,” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

Roseanne” Revival in the Works was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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‘Jurassic World’ Sequel: 4 Reasons the Franchise Needs Jeff Goldblum

27 April 2017 6:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jeff Goldblum fans rejoiced after THR revealed on April 25 that the Oscar-nominated actor will star in next year’s untitled sequel to “Jurassic World,” but no one could have been happier than Universal Pictures. Though Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard were already confirmed to reprise their roles from the 2015 film, landing Goldblum is a huge win for the studio, as he bridges the gap between the first two “Jurassic Park” movies and the fifth installment of the franchise, which will be directed by “A Monster Calls” director J.A. Bayona.

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Goldblum will once again play Dr. Ian Malcolm, the sharp-witted mathematician who had some of the most memorable lines in 1993’s “Jurassic Park,” and who returned as the lead in the 1997 sequel “The Lost World.” Universal shouldn’t have a problem »

- Graham Winfrey

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Kumail Nanjiani: 'For a long time, there was one famous American brown actor'

17 April 2017 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From an uber-nerd programmer in Silicon Valley to romantic lead in Sundance hit The Big Sick, the actor discusses shaking up the tired Hollywood romcom

‘I was not a cool kid,” admits Kumail Nanjiani. “There was no reason for me to be marginalised. I was just a nerd. I was kind of weird and I found solace in video games.” In a pop culture universe dominated by grown men who never quite outgrew their adolescent preoccupations, Nanjiani’s origin story is hardly unusual. The Pakistan-born comic, actor and writer spent his formative years huddled in his bedroom playing Golden Axe on his Sega Genesis, and becoming immersed to the point of obsession with The X-Files.

Since embarking on a career in comedy – he relocated to the Us with his family when he was 18 – he has largely catered to audiences that share his particular enthusiasms. He has hosted a podcast about »

- Jonathan Bernstein

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