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American working-class cinema exists – but it’s by and about women | Letters

15 November 2016 10:58 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Paul Mason (How will the movie industry respond to the Trump era?, 15 November) might like to watch, for starters, Frozen River (Courtney Hunt), Winter’s Bone (Debra Granik), Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay), Amreeka (Cherien Dabis), Drunktown’s Finest (Sydney Freeland), Tangerine (Sean Baker), American Honey (Andrea Arnold) and Certain Women (Kelly Reichardt) to get a fuller picture of how American cinema – albeit independent – is narrating a range of working-class lives. Yes, the protagonists – and directors – are predominantly women. Perhaps, beyond chastising the money-chasing studios, it’s more pertinent to insist that the media amplify these powerful, award-winning films that already exist, so that audiences can find and see them. Could it be, as Laura Dern’s character says in Certain Women, that no one is paying attention to them because they are (by and about) women?

Dr Sophie Mayer

Author, Political Animals: The New Feminist Cinema

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Los Angeles Film Festival Faces New Era As Director Stephanie Allain Moves On

14 October 2016 12:18 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Stephanie Allain era of Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival is over.

The prolific producer (“Beyond the Lights”) is leaving her role of five years as director of the summer festival to spend more time on her first avocation. She will be replaced by another independent producer, Jennifer Cochis (“Smashed”), who for the past two years worked closely as Creative Director with Allain on all aspects of the festival.

Allain is currently in production on Justin Simien’s Netflix series “Dear White People,” in post-production on Gerard McMurray’s “Burning Sands” and prepping Clark Johnson’s “Juanita,” set to star Alfre Woodard.

Film Independent President Josh Welsh has watched Cochis move up from Senior Programmer to Creative Director, he said in a statement. Working with Allain, she was instrumental in “turning the Festival into a powerful platform for discovering new and diverse talent.”

Promoting Allain’s protege suggests »

- Anne Thompson

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Greg Berlanti Interview: How TV’s Superhero Guru is Managing Crossovers, ‘Supergirl’s Move and New Inspirations

9 September 2016 4:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As the titan behind the biggest comic book characters on TV, Greg Berlanti feels the burden. He grew up loving these superheroes – especially “The Flash” – and is now responsible for how a new generation consumes them.

But Berlanti also understands he’s also a caretaker for franchises that will continue to thrive no matter what – even after he moves on.

“These characters are incredible,” he told IndieWire. “They were great before us, and they’ll be great after us. They’ll continue to exist in television, in movies, in comic books and other places for decades and decades to come. It’s nice to play a small part in this particular moment, and show up every day to dream up scenarios that hopefully not only show the best of these characters but the best in ourselves.”

Berlanti, of course, is being modest. The Northwestern grad got his big break on “Dawson’s Creek, »

- Michael Schneider

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Greg Berlanti Interview: How TV’s Superhero Guru is Managing Crossovers, ‘Supergirl’s Move and New Inspirations

9 September 2016 4:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

As the titan behind the biggest comic book characters on TV, Greg Berlanti feels the burden. He grew up loving these superheroes – especially “The Flash” – and is now responsible for how a new generation consumes them.

But Berlanti also understands he’s also a caretaker for franchises that will continue to thrive no matter what – even after he moves on.

“These characters are incredible,” he told IndieWire. “They were great before us, and they’ll be great after us. They’ll continue to exist in television, in movies, in comic books and other places for decades and decades to come. It’s nice to play a small part in this particular moment, and show up every day to dream up scenarios that hopefully not only show the best of these characters but the best in ourselves.”

Berlanti, of course, is being modest. The Northwestern grad got his big break on “Dawson’s Creek, »

- Michael Schneider

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Greg Berlanti in Talks to Direct ‘Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’

6 September 2016 6:43 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Showrunner Greg Berlanti is in talks to direct Fox 2000’s “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.”

The project was set up last October with Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen at their Temple Hill company along with Pouya Shahbazian after Fox had acquired movie rights to Becky Albertalli’s coming-of-age novel.

Elizabeth Berger and Isaac Aptaker have adapted the script which follows a 16-year-old closeted gay student who is dealing with his secret being exposed after one of his personal emails falls into the wrong hands. The novel was published last year by HarperCollins.

Temple Hill has been active in adapting novels for the big screen, including “The Maze Runner,” “Paper Towns” and “The Fault in our Stars.” Shahbazian is a producer of the “Divergent” movies.

An early 2017 start date is being eyed.

Berlanti is best known for overseeing the comic-book TV adaptations “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” He broke into »

- Dave McNary

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Faking It's Katie Stevens to Lead Freeform Drama Pilot Issues

22 August 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Three months after the untimely cancellation of MTV’s Faking It, star Katie Stevens is rebounding with a lead role on Freeform’s Issues, a drama pilot about the cutthroat world of magazine publishing in New York City.

RelatedFreeform Greenlights Violent Mermaid Drama Pilot The Deep

Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, Issues takes place at Scarlet magazine, where Stevens’ Jane was just hired to her dream position. She and her co-workers — social media director Kat (Chasing Life‘s Aisha Dee) and harrowed assistant Sutton (Political AnimalsMeghann Fahy) — unite under Jacqueline (Transparent »

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Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee & Meghann Fahy Cast As Leads In Freeform Pilot ‘Issues’

22 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Faking It alumna Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee (Chasing Life) and Meghann Fahy (Political Animals) have landed lead roles in Freeform drama pilot Issues, from Universal Television and The District. Inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, the scripted show is a glimpse into the outrageous lives and loves of those responsible for a global women's magazine. Their struggles are about finding your identity, managing friendships and getting your heart… »

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‘Transparent’ and ‘Faking It’ Stars Cast in Freeform Pilot ‘Issues’

22 August 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Freeform has set the cast for their “Cosmopolitan” inspired pilot “Issues.”

Katie Stevens, who stars in MTV’s “Faking It,” and “Transparent’s” Melora Hardin will topline the pilot, along with Sam Page (“House of Cards,” “Desperate Housewives”), Aisha Dee (“Chasing Life”), Meghann Fahy (“Political Animals”) and Matt Ward (“Remedy”).

Stevens will star as Jane, who has just been promoted to her dream job as a writer for Scarlet Magazine. Dee will play Kat, another Scarlet Magazine employee, who was just promoted to social media director. Fahy rounds out the trio as Sutton, the last of her friends to be an assistant at Scarlet, who is keeping a secret from her friends.

The three friends all work for Scarlet’s editor in chief Jacqueline, played by Hardin. Described as quietly tough and confident, she can intimidate without saying a word, but she also has a strong nurturing side and encourages Jane to find her voice as a »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Ellen Burstyn Recalls First Emmy Win, Missing Her Oscar Moment

12 August 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Ellen Burstyn received her first Emmy nom in 1981 for the telepic “The People vs. Jean Harris.” She finally won nearly 30 years later for a guest spot on “Law & Order: Svu.” With three noms during that span, and three more since (including one this year as Robin Wright’s steely mother on “House of Cards”), the Oscar- and Tony-winner is clearly a TV Academy favorite.

What are your memories of winning that first Emmy?

When you’re a guest on a series you don’t get your award at the ceremony. You go to the kiddie table. Then when you get an award, you get to be a presenter on the big show. I was sitting next to Carol Burnett, we were both nominated. When they called my name I hugged her as though she would be happy for me. When I thought about it later, I thought “That was a little inappropriate.” But »

- Geoff Berkshire

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USA Reclaiming Sunday As Original Night With New Drama Series ‘Eyewitness’

3 August 2016 9:03 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Five years ago, in summer 2011, USA Network had a Sunday night block of crime drama procedurals with Law & Order: Criminal Intent, which kept its original NBC Sunday 9 Pm slot for most of its USA run, and In Plain Sight. USA switched gears the following year, opting to take on acclaimed Sunday 9 Pm fare like AMC’s Mad Men with Greg Berlanti’s Political Animals. It was the last time that USA aired original scripted series on Sunday, which became home for the off-network… »

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‘Mr. Robot’ Delivers USA Network Its First Drama Series Emmy Nom

14 July 2016 4:18 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

USA Network dominated during the early aughts with their comedy series Monk (18 nominations, eight wins), and then with 2007 miniseries The Starter Wife (10 noms, one win) and 2013 Political Animals (five noms, one win). However, today the cable network and Universal Cable Productions earned their first Drama Series nomination with its cyber thriller series Mr. Robot.  In total, the show landed six noms including a first Emmy nom for leading actor Rami Malek, who plays… »

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Carla Gugino Gets In "Shape"

2 July 2016 11:19 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ new images of actress Carla Gugino aka 'Sally Jupiter, Silk Spectre' in "Watchmen" (2009), posing for the latest issue of "Shape" magazine:

Gugino is also noted for her role as 'Ingrid Cortez' in the "Spy Kids" trilogy...

...as 'Dr. Vera Gorski' in "Sucker Punch" (2011)...

...and as the lead characters of the television series 'Karen Sisco' and 'Threshold'.

Her other feature film work includes starring roles in "Son in Law" (1993), "Sin City" (2005)," Night at the Museum" (2006), "Mr. Popper's Penguins" (2011) and "San Andreas" (2015).

Gugino also had lead roles in the television mini-series "Political Animals" (2012) and "Wayward Pines" (2015).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Carla Gugino...

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- Michael Stevens

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Kate Nowlin’s ‘Blood Stripe’ Wins U.S. Fiction Award at La Film Festival

9 June 2016 1:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kate Nowlin’s thriller “Blood Stripe,” directed by Remy Auberjonois, has won the U.S. Fiction Award at the La Film Festival.

The movie, which marks Auberjonois’ feature debut, centers on a Marine sergeant returning home to find herself hemorrhaging anxiety and paranoia from unseen wounds. Auberjonois directed from a script he co-wrote with Nowlin.

Producers are Schuyler Weiss, Julie Christeas, Auberjonois and Nowlin. Tom Lipinski, Chris Sullivan, Rusty Schwimmer and Auberjonois’ father Rene also star.

The nine-day festival, now in its 22nd year, closes Thursday night with a screening of “Desierto,” starring Gael Garcia Bernal. “Lowriders” was the opening night film.

The U.S. Fiction Jury also awarded a special mention for comedy for “Chee and T,” directed by Tanuj Chopra; and a special mention for visual accomplishment for Amber Tamblyn’s drama “Paint it Black.” Tamblyn co-wrote the script with Ed Dougherty and produced with Wren Arthur, Amy Hobby and Anne Hubbell. »

- Dave McNary

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Top Women Cinematographers Reveal 7 Best Tips for Career Success

5 June 2016 6:33 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

What does it take to succeed in a man’s world? A Los Angeles Film Festival panel of women cinematographers ivealed what it took to make it to the top of a competitive industry.

1. A shot of LSD. Cinema verite shooter Joan Churchill (“Last Days in Vietnam”) started out by recovering from an eight-hour acid trip, she admitted, to shoot some of the most iconic images from the Rolling Stones Altamont doc, “Gimme Shelter.” That led to the assignment of shooting the Louds in PBS’s “An American Family.” A documentary cameraperson, often working with a hand-held camera and natural light, has to have “people skills,” she said. “You have to be interested in your subjects.” When she moved to London, she couldn’t get work until she joined the Asc—and became its first woman member. Her membership card read: “Lady Cameraman.”

2. Read and reread the script. French-born Maryse Alberti »

- Anne Thompson

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The Los Angeles Film Festival Embraces Its City and Finds a Niche

3 June 2016 3:21 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The transition of Film Independent’s Los Angeles Film Festival continues. Geographically, the fest has moved away from downtown to multiple Arclight locations. Opening night in Hollywood, Ricardo de Montreuil’s coming-of-age East L.A. drama “Lowriders,” starring Demián Bichir and Theo Rossi as father and estranged ex-con son, signaled the fest’s mission: Provide a diverse program directed by rising filmmakers: among the 42 competition films, 87% are first-and-second-timers, 43% are women and 38% are people of color, while 90% of the 58 total festival films are world premieres.

Developed by Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, “Lowriders” (written by Cheo Hodari Coker, Joshua Beirne-GoldenElgin James, and Justin Tipping), finally got made when the budget dropped—under Universal’s low-budget producing partner,  Jason Blum—from $20 million to $5 million. The grittiness helps the scruffy, colorful movie, which Laff head Stephanie Allain loved for being “so Los Angeles, so culturally rich,” she told the Arclight crowd. “Made by filmmakers of color, ‘Lowriders’ embodies our mission.” (The film will go out under a Universal label that remains to be seen, per Blum.)

Since Allain took over in 2014, the festival has lost some of its key programming talent (David Ansen, Doug Jones, Maggie McKay); the sprawling program is now commandeered by film professor Roya Rastegar (Bryn Mawr College). Very much in charge is Laff’s high-powered director, studio-trained producer Allain (“Boyz ‘n the Hood,” “Hustle & Flow”), who has pulled her friend Elvis Mitchell into a role as year-round “curator,” which basically means hosting Q & As at Film Independent-programmed events at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

As Laff becomes more local, eclectic, multi-cultural, and interactive, the Laff seeks to occupy a niche and grow its audience via a more populist, less international festival.

Truth is, only a few top-ranked film festivals a year are must-attend destinations packed with high-end world premieres and star attendees. Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Venice, New York, and Telluride top the list. So there’s some logic to opting out of that competitive arena. Increasingly, fests like Tribeca and SXSW are pushing outside the area of indie film to create alluring events for audiences, from interactive transmedia showcases and TV series premieres to high-profile panels, Q & As, and “Master Classes.” So it makes sense to brand Laff with an identifiable niche.

Giving people awards and tributes is another route pursued by awards-friendly fests like Santa Barbara and Palm Springs, hence Saturday Laff will award “Selma” director Ava DuVernay as well as her distribution company Array Releasing (her own “Middle of Nowhere” plus “Ashes and Embers,” “Mississippi Damned,” “Kinyarwanda,” and “Restless City”) with the annual Spirit of Independence Award given to members of the independent film community who “advance the cause of independent film and champion creative freedom.” Last year, Array bought La Film Festival Us Fiction award-winner “Out of My Hand” for distribution, along with “Ayanda.”

Ryan Coogler (“Fruitvale Station”) is the 2016 Festival’s Guest Director; he’s offering a master class on sound design for “Creed.” And Nate Parker hosted a screening of Sundance Oscar contender “Birth of a Nation.” This weekend also brings a panel of women cinematographers.

The question is whether Allain’s quest for diversity will coincide with choosing the best movies, ones that create buzz for must-see titles—so far, actress Amber Tamblyn’s directing debut, “Paint It Black,” debuting Friday night at Lacma, has earned the most advance word of mouth. Established fest circuit titles such as Roger Ross Williams’ autism doc “Life, Animated,” closing night border film “Desierto” from Jonás Cuarón (“Gravity”), starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Mike Birbliglia and Ira Glass’s latest collaboration, improv comedy “Don’t Think Twice,” starring Keegan-Michael Key, are all worth seeing.

But for many of the unknown titles unspooling this week, audiences and buyers will just have to check them out and spread the word, good or bad. Otherwise, they’ll disappear into the ether.

Here are Indiewire’s Laff picks so far.

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- Anne Thompson

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Legends of Tomorrow Season One Arrives from the Future August 23

29 May 2016 12:31 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA (May 26, 2016) – Control your own fate and catch up with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the complete first season of the epic series on Blu-rayTM including Digital HD and DVD on August 23, 2016. Before the second season returns on The CW, fans can watch all 16 exhilarating episodes from the first season, plus nearly an hour of extra content, including the 2015 Comic-Con Panel, featurettes, and a gag reel. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is The CW’s #2 show among Total Viewers, coming in only behind The Flash.*  DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season is priced to own at $39.99 Srp for the DVD and $44.98 Srp for the Blu-ray including Digital HD.

*Source: Nielsen National TV View L+7 Us AA%; excluding repeats, specials, and <3 TCs; Season To-Date = 9/21/15-2/7/16

From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this Super Hero team-up that combines characters from both series, »

- ComicMix Staff

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season Blu-ray details and special features revealed

26 May 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced details of the Blu-ray and DVD release for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season, which is set to arrive on August 23rd.

See Also: Order DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete First Season via Amazon Us or Amazon UK

From the creators of The Flash and Arrow comes this Super Hero team-up that combines characters from both series, as well as new heroes from the DC Comics pantheon. Having seen the future, one he will desperately try to prevent from happening, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter is tasked with assembling a disparate group of both heroes and villains to confront the unstoppable threat of the immortal Vandal Savage— a threat which not only puts the world at stake, but all of time itself.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow stars Victor Garber (The Flash, Titanic), Brandon Routh (Arrow, Superman Returns »

- Gary Collinson

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Blu-Ray Release Date And Featurettes Revealed

26 May 2016 11:58 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

A week has passed since the season finale of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow aired and while you have the option to catch reruns here and there over the next few months, we all know it’s preferable to beef up your collection by adding the latest superhero set to your shelf. On August 23, you can do just that when Rip Hunter, Firestorm, The Atom, White Canary, and the rest of the Waverider crew fly into stores.

Below you can check out the full press release, which features a detailed synopsis and a full rundown of bonus features. Not only that, a first look at the front cover art can be glimpsed. The CW has done a phenomenal job with promo images for its superhero shows over the past few years, with each looking like a high resolution still of a brilliant visual effects shot. This situation is no different »

- Eric Joseph

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Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon to Receive Cannes' Women in Motion Awards — Indiewire's Friday Rundown

6 May 2016 9:46 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Provincetown International Film Festival has announced its Opening and Closing night films, spotlight selections, special screenings and narrative and documentary features for its 18th edition. The festival will open with "Captain Fantastic" and close with "Strike a Pose." Other highlights include "Political Animals," "Indignation" and "Our Kind of Traitor." The festival will also play home to a number of honors, including the presentation of two-time Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee will be honored with the festival's annual Filmmaker on the Edge Award while Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winner Cynthia Nixon will be presented with the Excellence in Acting Award. Filmmaker Effie T. Brown will provide the keynote address at the Evan Lawson Filmmakers' Brunch on Sunday, June 19. The festival runs from June 15-19. You can find out more right here.  Stay up to date on all of today's buzziest industry news »

- Zack Sharf

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San Franciso Film Festival Honors Ellen Burstyn

18 April 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The San Francisco Film Society has selected Ellen Burstyn as the recipient of its Peter J. Owens Award for excellence in acting.

The award will be presented at the April 25 awards night for the 59th San Francisco International Film Festival at Fort Mason Center’s Herbst Pavilion.

Ellen Burstyn’s extraordinary career in film and television has provided some of cinema’s most indelible performances,” said Noah Cowan, the festival’s executive director. “She has collaborated with some of the medium’s finest directors over many years and in a remarkable range of genres. Her recent performance in Todd Solondz’s ‘Wiener-Dog’ is perhaps her bravest yet — caustic, sincere and unforgettable.”

Burstyn will also be publicly honored at An Afternoon with Ellen Burstyn at the Victoria Theatre on Saturday. An onstage interview and a selection of clips from Burstyn’s notable acting career will be followed by a screening of »

- Dave McNary

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