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“I’m not afraid to say, ‘I don’t know,’” says Leslie Hope, director of TV and docs, in a trailer for “Seeing Is Believing: Women Direct.” “I’m also not afraid to say, ‘This is what I want…Can you please make it the way I want? Because, by the way, I’m the director.’” Hope is one of the characters featured in Cady McClain’s upcoming documentary, which turns the camera on female filmmakers and interviews them about their career experiences, their goals, and the roadblocks they have encountered as women in the film industry.
The full feature doc version of “Seeing Is Believing” made its world premiere at the Soho Film Festival on June 19 and took home the Audience Award. McClain’s project, which was partially a crowdfunding effort, has been presented in many forms. In addition to the feature documentary version, the subjects’ commentary has been developed as a limited series and as individual interviews. McClain and her team are also writing a book from their conversations with directors like Hope (“Murdoch Mysteries”), Deborah Riley Draper (“Olympic Pride, American Prejudice”), Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Marianna Palka (“Bitch”), Sarah Gavron (“Suffragette”), and Meera Menon (“Equity”).
“I am really excited about the audience reaction to this piece and thrilled that we just won the Audience Award at the Soho Film Festival. Viewers of the piece always tell me that they are inspired after watching it, which to me is a major win,” McClain told us. “The statistics and stories of how women are silenced are too many, and it makes me really happy to give something to them that will help them feel there is a way forward, and that there is hope.”
Check out the “Seeing Is Believing” website for a full list of the women interviewed for the project as well as “some good guys” who are vocally supportive of their female colleagues. You can watch the trailer below.
Trailer Watch: Women Directors Step in Front of the Camera in “Seeing Is Believing” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
No doubt about it: The 1980s was a strange time to channel surf. Those neon-tinted, big-haired, irony-free days have provided Internet curio-seekers with fodder for infinite terabytes of grainy, colorful ephemera. And one of the cornerstones of weird Eighties television was "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling" (G.L.O.W. for short), an all-female pro-wrestling league whose exploits were filmed in Las Vegas and syndicated nationwide.
It's the type of retro-kitsch from the Reagan era could have vanished down the YouTube black hole – until Netflix resurrected it, sort of. The cult »
"Do you want to make a show about women's wrestling in the '80s?" recalls Liz Flahive to The Hollywood Reporter about the note she and Carly Mensch sent to the Orange Is the New Black creator. "She said, 'Yes,' and then it was off to the races."
Flahive, formerly a writer and producer on Homeland, and Mensch, formerly a writer and producer on Orange, had stumbled upon a documentary about the original women of Glow: The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, the syndicated TV show that »
- Jackie Strause
Every awards show reflects the tastes of its voting pool. The Golden Globe Awards are voted on by obscure journalists from outlets no one has ever heard of. The People’s Choice Awards are voted on by people.
But the Emmys are voted on by the group whose opinion is most trusted by the folks who make television — other folks who make television. Those are the individuals who understand not only that making a great piece of television is hard, but also why it’s hard.
Showrunners, being the persons in charge, are the TV professionals who have the most holistic view of the craft. »
- Variety Staff
Best-in-class counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) reports for duty in the gripping first red band trailer for American Assassin, Michael Cuesta’s (Kill the Messenger) sweeping franchise-starter that takes the espionage elements of Homeland and sprinkles a little of 24‘s signature action over the top for good measure.
The end result is a breathless teaser for CBS and Lionsgate’s American Assassin, which sees O’Brien’s hardened protagonist embark on a quest for a revenge after his significant other is murdered in cold blood while holidaying on some picturesque beach resort. It’s a terrorist act ripped straight from the headlines, and we’re intrigued to see how audiences react to Michael Cuesta’s unflinching adaptation in light of recent events.
- Michael Briers
Maybe you consider yourself a fan of the devil doll Annabelle. But guess what? You don't know the true story. But you'll soon learn when Annabelle: Creation hits theaters everywhere this summer. Today, we have a very creepy new trailer along with a beautiful looking one-sheet that arrived in the wee hours of the night. The Next Chapter in the The Conjuring Universe is almost upon us. And it promises to be something pretty scary. If you can even make it past this latest sneak peek, that is.
She's back! From New Line Cinema comes Annabelle: Creation, with David F. Sandberg (Lights Out) helming the follow up to 2014's hugely successful Annabelle, which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on The Conjuring hit movies.
In Annabelle: Creation, »
After bagging a villainous role in Baywatch, Priyanka Chopra is all set to star in her second Hollywood film, A Kid Like Jake. Priyanka Chopra will star alongside The Big Bang Theory star Jim Parsons, Homeland actress Claire Danes, Hidden Figures star Octavia Spencer. On Monday morning, Priyanka Chopra was spotted on the sets ofRead More
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
CBS Films and Lionsgate have debuted the brand new American Assassin trailer, the upcoming action film starring Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, Shiva Negar and Taylor Kitsch. The film arrives in cinemas later this year.
American Assassin follows the rise of Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) a CIA black ops recruit under the instruction of Cold War veteran Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton). The pair is then enlisted by CIA Deputy Director Irene Kennedy (Sanaa Lathan) to investigate a wave of apparently random attacks on both military and civilian targets. Together the three discover a pattern in the violence leading them to a joint mission with a lethal Turkish agent (Shiva Negar) to stop a mysterious operative (Taylor Kitsch) intent on starting a World War in the Middle East.
Related: New character posters land for upcoming thriller American Assassin »
- Paul Heath
Who doesn’t love a chilling, scary movie during the hot days of summer!
In Annabelle: Creation, several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
While the film doesn’t open in cinemas until August 11th, Annabelle: Creation premiered Monday, June 19th, at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Variety said in their review, “At one point, visiting Annabelle’s Victorian-looking chamber for what feels like the umpteenth time, Janice finds herself face to face with what looks to be the dead girl. “Will you help me?” the ghostly stranger asks, to which Janice helpfully replies, “What do you need? »
- Michelle Hannett
Author: Zehra Phelan
Related: Annabelle Creation Trailer 1
The trailer doesn’t take long before it delves straight into a dark and supernatural nightmare, After a couple loses their daughter after being hit by a car, her spirit roams their house. Soon realising the spirit wasn’t their daughter after it asked for permission to move into the doll, the spine-tingling, heart-stopping scares begin. The couple opens their own orphanage but soon regret their decision as things go bump in the night and one girl becomes horrifyingly possessed.
Nothing can prepare you for the next chapter in The Conjuring universe.
- Zehra Phelan
To celebrate the special screening of Annabelle: Creation at the Los Angeles Film Festival, Warner Bros. revealed a new trailer to help hold fans over until the movie's wide theatrical release this August.
A New Line Cinema film directed by David F. Sandberg (Lights Out), Annabelle: Creation will be released in theaters on August 11th from Warner Bros. You can watch the new trailer below, and in case you missed it, read our own Heather Wixson's set visit report for Annabelle: Creation, and be sure to check out the new poster for the prequel to 2014's Annabelle.
From New Line Cinema comes “Annabelle: Creation,” with David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, »
- Derek Anderson
With New Line Cinema's Annabelle: Creation screening tonight at the Los Angeles Film Festival, and a new trailer for the film premiering this evening, the latest poster for David F. Sandberg's next movie shows a girl cautiously approaching a foreboding well, all while the real horror rests in her right arm.
From New Line Cinema comes “Annabelle: Creation,” with David F. Sandberg (“Lights Out”) helming the follow up to 2014’s hugely successful “Annabelle,” which scared up nearly $257 million at the worldwide box office during its run in theaters. The new film is once again being produced by Peter Safran and James Wan, who previously partnered on “The Conjuring” hit movies.
In “Annabelle: Creation,” several »
- Derek Anderson
During the 1980s pro wrestling boom, television was overrun with musclebound men in colorful tights, slamming each other to the canvas in arenas across the country. Then, in 1986, promoter David McLane and director Matt Cimber came up with a syndicated TV series spotlighting what they called the "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling," a.k.a. G.L.O.W. For the next few years, they had a hit with a show that featured a diverse cast of mostly ordinary-looking women – as opposed to the weight-lifting Amazons who'd later infiltrate the WWE. »
If you haven't noticed, Netflix is expanding its selection of original titles this year to include more comedies, dramas, and documentaries than ever before. One of the shows we're most looking forward to is Glow, a wrestling series set in the '80s. It has a killer cast and behind-the-scenes team, and the trailer has already made us block off our entire weekend in anticipation of bingeing season one. Here's what you need to know about your next favorite show, Glow! The Cast Alison Brie is the star as Ruth, a frustrated actress who just wants to sink her teeth into a good role. Comedian/actor Marc Maron is the ringleader of the Glow (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) team, and Ruth's diverse teammates are played by a number of lesser-known actors, including Ellen Wong, Sunita Mani, and Britney Young. The Plot Ruth is fed up with the underwhelming parts offered to women in Hollywood. »
- Maggie Pehanick
An awards magnet for Showtime over the course of its six seasons, Homeland has netted the premium cabler four Golden Globes and six Emmys, always with a finger on the pulse of current world events—a fact that the series’ stars, Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, don’t take for granted. In the midst of production on Season 6, Donald Trump was elected President, leaving the series’ writers to re-examine their position, and ultimately bringing out themes that became much more… »
[Warning: This interview contains spoilers from Wednesday's episode of Fargo,"Aporia."]
After starting his career as the young star of films like Christine and Dressed To Kill and then transitioning to directing small, well-received films like The Chocolate War and Waking the Dead, Keith Gordon has carved out a third act as one of the most reliable directors of prestige TV.
A résumé that already included episodes of shows like Dexter, Rectify, Rubicon, Masters of Sex and Homeland has reached something of a peak this spring as Gordon directed my favorite third season episode of The Leftovers (the »
- Daniel Fienberg
Never a stranger to tackling hot-button topics and explosive political situations, the Showtime drama Homeland found itself in the middle of a real-life plot twist so good it was impossible to ignore -- the 2016 presidential election and its cultural and political aftermath.
While in the middle of the series’ sixth season, showrunner Alex Gansa began writing new scripts and retrofitting scenes into already shot episodes that reflected America’s current political climate, placing a greater burden on the series’ star, Claire Danes, in her role as Carrie Mathison.
“The onus is on the writers to make the show as relevant and reflective of what’s happening as possible. I’m interpreting their work, so it’s fun for me,” Danes tells Et, explaining that it’s the actor’s responsibility to be flexible and responsive to the ever-changing nature of their work. “That’s true of television in general; you’re airing as you’re filming, as you »
In this first episode, a number of balls are chucked gleefully into the air – and we may all need notebooks to keep track. Plus, The Art of Japanese Life
If I didn’t know Fearless (ITV) was written by one of the writers and producers of the likes of Homeland, 24, and Person of Interest – Patrick Harbinson – I would be slightly worried about the number of balls that had been chucked gleefully into the air by the end of the first episode in its six-part run. To wit:
1. A human rights lawyer (Emma Banville, played with characteristic passion, intelligence and assiduity by Helen McCrory), whose speciality is uncovering miscarriages of justice, is being persecuted by the tabloids, who claim she is hellbent on setting “paedos” free.
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- Lucy Mangan
ITV has been making heroic attempts to try something different with its dramas of late. Some results have been very successful (Unforgotten) and some less so (Marcella). On the basis of this intriguing yet occasionally infuriating opener, I’d say Fearless falls somewhere between the two. It’s not quite the Edge of Darkness or State of Play I was hoping for – the script (from Homeland creator Patrick Harbinson) is occasionally clunky – but it’s very well acted and the closing minutes hinted at enthralling things to come.
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- Sarah Hughes
A thriller that centres around a miscarriage of justice and sinister establishment forces gets off to a shaky start, but Helen McCrory and Michael Gambon lend it promise; plus real-life crime in Luton
This thriller, by Homeland scribe Patrick Harbinson, could become compelling: Helen McCrory is a human rights/miscarriage of justice lawyer whose quest to quash an old murder conviction arouses sinister establishment forces. Episode one, though, is an itchy mess of inconsistent pacing, annoying camerawork (keep still!) and blunt characters. However, there’s hope in the form of McCrory, who never falters, and Michael Gambon, who has yet to be fully unleashed. Jack Seale
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- Jack Seale, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Jonathan Wright, Andrew Mueller, Sophie Harris, Ali Catterall, Graeme Virtue, Paul Howlett
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