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Hello dear readers. I didn't forget about your questions. I just ran away for two weeks to beautiful southern Connecticut and the National Critics Institute. It was grand. But, now, back to work. Here are seven questions you asked (more to come) answered...
Mark G: Word in the UK from a respected critic is that Kate Winslet is on top/peak/Blue Jasmine form in Woody's Wonder Wheel and the film has a chance as breakout hit. What do you think of Winslet's chances of winning a 2nd - you always say the ladies win a 2nd within the first 10 years.
Nathaniel: Until the Steve Jobs year I thought it highly improbable but that year reminded me that it was possible if she lucks out and runs with a great performance in a weak year. She was clearly in the runner-up position and only category frauding from Vikander denied her her second. »
- NATHANIEL R
He may not have made a good movie since “Blue Jasmine,” but Woody Allen’s influence still reaches far and wide. Whether it’s the charming self-deprecation of Greta Gerwig’s “Frances Ha,” Ingrid Jungermann’s update on “Manhattan Murder Mystery” with the soon-to-be-released “Women Who Kill,” or the whimsical surrealism of “Approaching a Breakthrough,” a new short film from writer/director Noah Pritzker.
Tightly scripted and engagingly shot, Pritzker’s short is indelibly of its time while tipping its hat to cinema’s past. Kieran Culkin plays Norman, a young man running away from his debt as well as indecision. The film begins with a nuanced argument between Norman and his girlfriend Claire (Mae Whitman) about the struggle for autonomy in romantic relationships.
As their bickering devolves, Norman is suddenly approached by his two former therapists, »
- Jude Dry
“I’ve been planning our retirement for the last 35 years,” Sandra (Imelda Staunton) tells a guest at her husband’s retirement party in a trailer for “Finding Your Feet.” But the best laid plans often go awry — and give way to gut-bunching discoveries about just how brutal life can be. Sandra has spent decades dreaming of a future with her husband that will never come. While celebrating his long-anticipated unemployment, Sandra walks in on him kissing another woman. He’s been having an affair with her best friend. Sandra is left to “find her feet” in life apart from him.
Co-written by Meg Leonard, “Finding Your Feet” sees uptight, snobby Sandra moving in with Bif (Celia Imrie), her estranged bohemian sister. The plot is reminiscent of “Blue Jasmine,” which earned Cate Blanchett an Oscar. But “Finding Your Feet” looks like a decidedly less dark comedy. Unlike the protagonist of “Blue Jasmine,” Sandra isn’t on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She seems daunted by the prospect of saying goodbye to her husband, but as she quickly finds out, “this could be the best thing to ever happen to [her],” at least according to Bif.
The trailer shows how Sandra re-discovers her love of dancing, and while she has difficulty being vulnerable — “I can’t just open up like a lotus flower,” she says — Sandra seems like she’s becoming more confident every day.
“Finding Your Feet” opens in the UK October 3. No word on a U.S. release date yet.
Trailer Watch: Imelda Staunton Starts Over in “Finding Your Feet” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
Alec Baldwin has been dominating pop culture headlines for the last year thanks to his trumped up impression of America's current Commander-in-chief. On Sunday, the laughs came at the star's expense, as friends and former co-stars roasted the 59-year-old actor in the Spike TV special One Night Only: Alec Baldwin. Taped on stage last month at New York City's Apollo Theater, the show didn't have quite the same bite as the famed Comedy Central roasts. But there were a few notable burns from those in attendance, including Robert De Niro, »
Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.
The film, which began principal photography on June 19, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Manchester by the Sea”); Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (“Get Out”); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s “Silicon Valley”); Charles Dance (HBO’s “Game of Thrones”); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (“Straight Outta Compton”); Aisha Hinds (“Star Trek Into Darkness”); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (“Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”).
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.
Dougherty directs from a script he wrote with Zach Shields. The film is being produced by Mary Parent, Alex Garcia, Brian Rogers and Thomas Tull, with Barry H. Waldman, Zach Shields, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira serving as executive producers and Alexandra Mendes co-producing for Legendary.
Behind the scenes, Dougherty’s creative team includes director of photography Lawrence Sher, whose past credits include “War Dogs” and “Godzilla,” for which he handled additional photography; production designer Scott Chambliss (“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”); editor Roger Barton (“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the “Transformers” films); costume designer Louise Migenbach (the “X-Men” and “Hangover” films); and Oscar-winning VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron (“Godzilla,” “Ghost in the Shell,” and part of the Oscar-winning team behind “Life of Pi ”).
Filming is taking place mainly in Atlanta, Georgia. A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, the film is currently scheduled for release in March 2019, and will be distributed in 3D and 2D and in select IMAX theaters by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd.
Meanwhile, Tag! You’re It!
Production begins this week on location in Atlanta for the new comedy “Tag,” directed by Jeff Tomsic (Comedy Central’s “Broad City”) for New Line Cinema. The film’s starring ensemble cast is led by Ed Helms (The “Hangover” movies, “We’re the Millers”), Jake Johnson (TV’s “New Girl”), and Hannibal Buress (“Neighbors”), with Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver,” TV’s “Mad Men”) and Oscar nominee Jeremy Renner (“The Hurt Locker, “The Town”).
For one month every year, five highly competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade—risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry “You’re It!” This year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player, which should finally make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming…and he’s ready. Based on a true story, “Tag” shows how far some guys will go to be the last man standing.
Tomsic directs from a screenplay written by Mark Steilen (TV’s “Mozart in the Jungle”) and Rob McKittrick (“Waiting”), based on the Wall Street Journal article entitled “It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being It.” The film is produced by Todd Garner, Mark Steilen and Sean Robins, with Hans Ritter serving as executive producer. The creative filmmaking team includes director of photography Larry Blanford, editor Josh Crockett, production designer David Sandefur, and costume designer Denise Wingate.
“Tag” is set for a June 29, 2018, release.
- Michelle Hannett
Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that shooting has started on the sequel to 2014’s Godzilla. The film will be directed by Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus), and will be released in cinemas in 2019.
The official title of the film is reportedly Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, and stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring), ad Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles, Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea), Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things), Bradley Whitford (Get Out), Thomas Middleditch (Silicon Valley), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton), Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, »
- Paul Heath
Back in 2014, Legendary released the American reboot of Godzilla. Of course, this is a character that’s been in the pop culture zeitgeist for decades, starting with the 1954 film, Godzilla, and after the botched attempt in the late ‘90s, fans hoped that this would be the one Hollywood interpretation to succeed. And succeed it did. The film was certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and it managed to rake in over $500 million at the worldwide box office, securing not only a sequel, but its place in a larger MonsterVerse.
We’ve known for some time that the sequel would be called Godzilla: King of the Monsters, and with the film hitting principal photography today, we now know why. According to a press release from Warner Bros., the film will have Godzilla going up against three other legendary monsters.
Here’s what we have as the most basic synopsis for the flick:
“The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.”
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring films), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles; Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, Manchester by the Sea); Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things) in her feature film debut; Bradley Whitford (Get Out); Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley); Charles Dance (HBO’s Game of Thrones); O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Straight Outta Compton); Aisha Hinds (Star Trek Into Darkness); and Golden Globe nominee Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).
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- Joseph Medina
Today filming has started on the next Godzilla movie (which is apparently back to being untitled), and to commemorate the beginning of production, Warner Bros. has released the full, impressive, cast list along with confirmation on the plot this time around. Come inside to check it out!
As a huge monster movie fan, Gareth Edward's Godzilla (2014) really got my blood pumping, and hoping that a new wave of monster movies would be on the way. Thankfully, that's exactly what's happening, with this year's Kong: Skull Island setting the groundwork for a more interconnected "monster-verse."
The sequel to Godzilla was announced quite some time ago (during Sdcc) in which Edwards, who was still signed on to direct at the time, revealed iconic monsters Rodan, Mothra, and King Gihdorah would appear. When Edwards stepped away from the project, coupled with the amount of time passing, many wondered if the plot would stick. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
Over the past several months, the cast has gradually been revealed for the sequel to 2014's Godzilla, and today the next film in Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures' MonsterVerse began filming, and official plot details confirm that Godzilla will be taking on Mothra, Rodan, and King Ghidorah this time around.
Press Release: Burbank, CA, June 19, 2017 – Following the global success of 2014’s “Godzilla” and this year’s “Kong: Skull Island,” comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history.
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (“Up in the Air,” “The Conjuring” films), and Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai”) and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), both reprising their “Godzilla” roles; Kyle Chandler (“The Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Derek Anderson
Following the global success of 2014's Godzilla and this year's Kong: Skull Island, comes the next chapter in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Legendary Pictures' cinematic MonsterVerse: an epic action adventure that pits Godzilla against some of the most popular monsters in pop culture history. It was believed that Godzilla 2 was being called Godzilla: King of Monsters, which riffs on a classic title in the Japanese Godzilla catalogue. But the official PR from https://www.warnerbros.com|Warner Bros. doesn't reveal the official title yet. And it's possible that he final title will incorporate the franchise universe title of 'Monsterverse'.
The film, which begins principal photography today, is being directed by Michael Dougherty (Krampus), and stars Oscar nominees Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring films), and Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai) and Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), both reprising their Godzilla roles; Kyle Chandler (The Wolf of Wall Street, »
Allen hasn’t had a movie premiere in the thick of awards season since DreamWorks opened “Match Point” in December 2005. Allen’s four previous films all opened in July, including the Oscar-winning “Blue Jasmine.” Award-winners “Midnight in Paris” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” opened in May and August, respectively.
Read More: Woody Allen Rips His Distributors That ‘Failed Miserably’ (But He Loves Amazon)
“Wonder Wheel” stars Kate Winlset, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple and Jim Belushi. Amazon has not released an official synopsis, but the movie is set around Cony Island in the 1950s. Kate Winslet was previously attached to star in “Match Point” but dropped out because of family issues, which makes “Wonder Wheel” her first collaboration with Allen. The movie is Allen »
- Zack Sharf
Irrational censorship continues to be the bane of Indian cinema and it shows no sign of abating. Srijit Mukherji’s April 14 release “Begum Jaan,” the tale of a brothel caught on the India-Pakistan border during partition in 1947, was forced to cut a sex scene by half and mute several swear words and still received an Adult certificate for its pains. In February, Alankrita Shrivastava’s “Lipstick Under My Burkha,” which has won awards at the Tokyo and Glasgow fests, among others, was denied a theatrical release certificate.The letter sent to “Lipstick” producer Prakash Jha from India’s Central Board of Film Certification stated: “The story is lady oriented, their fantasy above life. There are contanious [sic] sexual scenes, abusive words, audio pornography and a bit sensitive touch about one particular section of society, hence film refused.”
Jha appealed to the country’s Film Certification Appellate Tribunal and got the Cbfc »
- Naman Ramachandran
Cate Blanchett is stepping into Bette Davis’ shoes. The two-time Oscar winner will portray Margo Channing in a stage production of “All About Eve,” the New York Times reports. Adapted from Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 film, the play will bow next spring in London’s West End, but no specific dates or a location have been announced yet.
Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions are producing, Nyt writes. Tony winner Ivo van Hove (“View From a Bridge”) will direct and adapt the classic film for the stage.
Based on a short story by Mary Orr, “All About Eve” depicts the intensifying rivalry between Margo (Davis), an acclaimed but aging and bitter Broadway star, and young actress Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter). Eve originally arrives on the scene to learn from Margo, but she’s far from a naive ingenue. She eventually ingratiates herself into Margo’s personal life, and is ambitious and calculating enough to completely usurp Margo’s career.
The 1950 film earned a record 14 Oscar nominations — including nods for Davis and Baxter — and took home six awards such as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Screenplay.
Blanchett received Oscars for her performances in “Blue Jasmine” and “The Aviator.” Her upcoming projects include Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” the all-female “Ocean’s Eight,” and “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” an adaptation of Maria Semple’s best-selling novel.
You can catch Blanchett next in “Manifesto,” which sees the actress portraying 13 different characters sharing their personal manifestos. It hits theaters May 10.
Cate Blanchett to Star in Stage Production of “All About Eve” 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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Woody is killed in a bloody gun ambush. Woody becomes president. Woody appears to tear a hole in the movie screen and “escapes” into the theater. »
- TFH Team
Woody Allen’s manager is facing accusations that he secretly pocketed commissions from Allen’s films that should have gone to his management partners.
Dominique Cohen-Brezner filed a lawsuit on March 30 in Los Angeles Superior Court accusing Stephen Tenenbaum of withholding money from her late husband, Larry Brezner. Brezner, who died in 2015, was partners with Tenenbaum and David Steinberg in Mbst Entertainment.
According to the suit, Tenenbaum had an obligation to share the revenues from Allen’s films with his partners. However, Cohen-Brezner alleges that Tenenbaum “secretly arranged to defer income from Woody Allen’s projects while at the same time planning to leave Mbst and pocket the commissions for himself after forming his new management company.”
Cohen-Brezner claims that Tenenbaum and his son Andrew, »
- Gene Maddaus
Sony Pictures Classics has released a new trailer for its upcoming biopic “Maudie.” The film, which is based on the real-life story of Canadian artist Maud Lewis, hails from director Aisling Walsh (“Fingersmith”). It screened at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals last year, and is now ready for its theatrical release this summer.
Written by Sherry White, “Maudie” takes place in Nova Scotia around the 1930s. It follows an artist (Sally Hawkins) who works as a housekeeper for an orphaned fish peddler (Ethan Hawke), all the while working on her real passion–, painting. Eventually, she becomes one of the most beloved folk artists in her community.
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- Yoselin Acevedo
Cate Blanchett always manages to get sizzling chemistry with her female co-stars, whether the story they are in is sapphic or not. She had it with Judi Dench playing the architect of her destruction in Notes on a Scandal (2007). And with Sally Hawkins as her curtseying worse gened adoptive sister in Blue Jasmine (2013). Most famously, she had it with Rooney Mara as the girl flung out of space in Carol (2015). In the same movie she etched a believable and palpable friendship with Sarah Paulson. We assume she’ll do it again with Paulson next year in Ocean’s Eight (and with Sandra Bullock, Rihanna et al).Those set pictures don’t lie. And now we can add Kristen Wiig to the list.
They already make each other laugh
- Murtada Elfadl
Exclusive: The Diceman cometh. Andrew Dice Clay, whose acting prowess was on display in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine and HBO’s Vinyl, is in negotiations to play the coveted role of Lorenzo in Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. The role is known to be significant and considered the comic relief in Warner Bros’ remake; Clay will portray Lady Gaga’s “very Italian” father in what’s said to be a scene-stealing role. A Star Is Born is about a singer (Lady Gaga) who falls in love… »
Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions
Audiences got their first looks at Emma Stone, Brie Larson, Julianne Moore and Jennifer Lawrence’s winning Best Actress performances at fall festivals Toronto or Telluride, so we may not have a clear view of this category until September.
Cannes may give us some early clues, when Golden Globe and Cesar-winner Isabelle Huppert is expected to resurface in Michael Haneke’s “Happy End.” Woody Allen’s upcoming “Wonder Wheel” could reveal whether Kate Winslet could enjoy the same kind of awards season run that Cate Blanchett had in the lead-up to her “Blue Jasmine” win.
A list of early possibilities is below. »
- Anne Thompson
Filmmakers and stars have often taken a political stance by choosing which projects to make. But when the Academy Awards ceremony began in 1929 to honor the best in film, this created a more public way to demonstrate opinions about the state of the world, the government or a cause.
Not everyone has taken this opportunity though, except for maybe wearing the odd ribbon to support awareness or using their attendance (or lack thereof) to show solidarity. Those blessed by winning a coveted statuette, however, can use their actual acceptance speech as a platform to speak out. Although the awards started being televised in 1953, it took until the 1970s until winners began to really take advantage of having a massive audience for their views. And at times, even the Academy itself got political. »
- Hanh Nguyen
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