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“Battle of the Sexes” directors Jonathan Drayton and Valerie Faris had no fears about re-creating a 44-year-old stunt tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and unapologetic chauvinist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). “What’s really interesting about a story that takes place in 1973 is that all those issues have suddenly bubbled up again: equal pay, sexism, gender equality, sexual equality — all these things are live debates again,” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy told TheWrap’s Steve Pond in a video interview at the Toronto Film Festival. While much has changed — particularly in the acceptance of gay rights — many other issues »
- Thom Geier
It hasn’t been easy for Fox Searchlight Pictures over the last several years. The studio’s reputation has struggled in the wake of box office disappointments like “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Demolition,” “Table 19,” and this year’s “Patti Cake$,” plus increased competition from growing rivals like Netflix, Amazon, and A24. What was once a studio destined to be an Oscar power player has now become just another indie distributor fighting to get its movies seen. We’re a long way from the back-to-back Best Picture success of “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman,” plus Oscar favorites like “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” and “The Descendants.”
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One year ago, Fox Searchlight hit rock bottom with “The Birth of a Nation.” Nate Parker’s slavery drama was the »
- Zack Sharf
Exclusive: Wme has signed the illustrious writer-producer Simon Beaufoy, who until several months ago had been repped in the U.S. by the late agent Susan Landau. Beaufoy in the past two decades has won Oscars, Golden Globes, WGA and other awards for such films as The Full Monty, Slumdog Millionaire, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and 127 Hours. His latest scripted effort, the Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris-directed Emma Stone-Steve Carell starrer Battle of the Sexes… »
“No Stone Unturned” will be in the Debate strand at Lff, where it will make its international premiere. It reopens the case of the Loughinisland massacre in Northern Ireland in the 1990s. The film was set to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year but was pulled at the last minute because of legal issues.
“Manhunt” sees Woo return to the police-thriller genre that helped seal his international reputation. The film centers on a lawyer who finds himself suspected of murder and on the run from a Japanese police officer.
Also added to the festival lineup is Xavier Legrand’s “Custody,” which scooped the Best Director and Best First Feature awards s at the Venice Film Festival earlier this month and follows a »
- Stewart Clarke
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Also in attendance was the real Billie Jean King, who is played by Stone in the film.
"Emma, thanks for making me look so good," King quipped about Stone when introducing the film, which follows her life as both a professional tennis player and a pioneer for equality for women.
As for the actress, Battle of the Sexes marks the first time in her career that she's had to play a real-life character.
"I've never »
- Brian Porreca
Love and equality reigned supreme at Regency Village Theatre Saturday night, where stars, athletes, and tennis fanatics alike united for the Los Angeles premiere of “Battle of the Sexes.”
“[I hope we] come to a place where it doesn’t matter what gender you are, it doesn’t matter what race you are, it doesn’t matter what your sexuality is — everyone is absolutely equal. That’s humanity and that’s just the truth,” said Emma Stone, who stars as tennis legend and equal rights activist Billie Jean King in the sports biopic.
Stone recalled the difficulty of portraying a real-life figure in “Battle of the Sexes” — her first time doing so in a feature film.
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“Capturing her essence was very important to us,” she said, noting the pressure of stepping into the role of an icon.
Set in the early ‘70s, “Battle of the Sexes” chronicles the epic tennis match between »
- Alyssa Sage
Tennis addicts can rest easy – in the sense of staying up all night to watch tennis. Somewhere in the world an important tournament is under way and on subscription TV. The less seriously committed are faced with the long inter-slam drought between the Us and Australian Opens. Fortunately palliatives are at hand in the form of two movies, Battle of the Sexes and Borg vs McEnroe.
The first film is about the 1973 match between Billie Jean King and the self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig and former world No 1 Bobby Riggs; the second focuses on the 1980 Wimbledon final. They are linked by the way that in 2000 Donald Trump offered John McEnroe a million dollars to play either of the Williams sisters at one of his hotels. As McEnroe recounted in his 2002 autobiography Serious, »
- Geoff Dyer
The 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs captured the imagination of not only tennis enthusiasts, but of the whole world. There has always been the persistent rumor that Riggs threw the match to settle debts with the mob. Whether or not that is true seems highly irrelevant to directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s depiction of the events.
The latest film from the duo behind Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, aptly titled Battle of the Sexes, seems to be the kind of project that was quickly green lit to feed off of the current zeitgeist. It stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell as the competitors and feels as relevant as any movie released this year. The drama recounts the events that led to the historic tennis match between the 29-year-old, number two-ranked tennis sensation Billie Jean King, and the retired, boorish former Open champ Bobby Riggs. »
- The Film Stage
Paul Schrader’s well-received indie “First Reformed” has been acquired by A24 for domestic distribution. The “Taxi Driver” screenwriter brought the film to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where it won over critics amidst starry competition and major studio fare like Paramount’s “mother!” and Fox Searchlight’s “Battle of the Sexes.” Currently eyeing a 2018 release, “First Reformed” stars Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Cedric the Entertainer. Also Read: Toronto Movie Market Update: $50 Million Spent So Far, But No Mega-Deals Hawke plays a small town reverend counseling an expectant mother in Seyfried, whose husband is a feverish activist. »
- Matt Donnelly
In these inflammatory Donald Trump times, along comes a movie celebrating female empowerment, and this awards season it’s Fox Searchlight’s Battle of the Sexes, which recounts the moments surrounding the famed 1973 tennis match between world No. 1 Billie Jean King and ex-champ Bobby Riggs. The face-off sought to prove that women were equal, if not better, tennis players than men. There was already an ABC movie made about the showdown, 2001’s When Billie Beat… »
Though many highlights at Tiff this year that have people talking are arriving after already wowing audiences in Telluride and Venice, we’re happy to report some standout debuts have been creating their own excitement. »
- Jordan Ruimy
For evidence that climate change is real, look no further than the Toronto International Film Festival. The official fall kickoff to awards season is usually accompanied by hot sales that burn through the streets of Canada’s largest city. In 2017, the market wasn’t just frosty. It was more like an arctic blizzard had suddenly swept through Roy Thomson Hall.
This year’s Toronto saw the premieres of a staggering 255 features, with endless red carpets and after-parties in crowded bars and noisy restaurants. Despite all the glamour emitted by the likes of George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Lawrence, the festival felt much smaller.
Many buyers here bitterly complained that there was nothing worth spending money on, while too many movies unfurled to little fanfare. This has become a recurring trend in the last three or four years at Toronto (does anybody remember the sad fate of the Michael Moore documentary “Where to Invade Next”?), but the »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
It’s difficult now to remember a time when people didn’t map political values onto nearly every cultural competition. In the wake of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, everything from the Super Bowl to the Academy Awards inspired memes rehashing such flashpoints as Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote and not visiting Wisconsin. In an era […]
- Marshall Shaffer
A newly buff Emma Stone headlines Battle of the Sexes alongside Steve Carell. Early reviews are singling out Stone and saying that she could make another run at a Oscar nomination for playing Billie Jean King on screen. »
Prior to training, “Emma was pretty light and had a very petite, dancer-type body,” Walsh tells People. “I wanted to put some weight on her, some muscle on her. We really shifted the diet plan. She started taking in more good, healthy calories. »
- Michelle Ward Trainor
We can all breath a collective sigh of relief as, thankfully, it seems that Emma Stone and Jennifer Lawrence were finally able to work things out after that awkward, stilted hug earlier this week during a Toronto International Film Festival press junket. Of course, the two women, who are know for both their senses of humor and being besties, were just messing around with each other, proving that nothing can shake their tried and true Bff status on Wednesday evening, easily posing and laughing with each other at a party held in honor of the New York premiere of Lawrence’s new film mother! »
- Emily Kirkpatrick
“He sent underwear for , like rubber underwear, so he’s wearing tighty-whities,” Stone, 28, explains in the latest issue of People. “Jimmy said, ‘I’d like to bring some decency into your home.'”
When asked where she keeps her award, Stone says she allows one very important person to look after it.
“My mom holds on to it,” she says.
- Mia McNiece
Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” Xavier Legrand’s “Custody” and Hafsteinn Gunnar’s “Under the Tree” are among the 15 feature films set to compete at the 13th Zurich Film Festival.
“Three Billboards,” a darkly comic drama with Peter Dinklage and Frances McDormand, and “Custody,” a French drama exploring domestic strife, both world-premiered at the Venice Film Festival and won best screenplay and best director awards, respectively. “Custody” also picked up the Lion of the Future for best first film.
“Under the Tree” is an Icelandic dramedy which world-premiered in Venice and is playing in Toronto, where it was just acquired by Magnolia for North American distribution.
Zurich’s competition lineup also includes Joshua Z. Weinstein’s “Menashe,” Justin Chon’s “Gook,” Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato’s “The Desert Bride,” Julia Solomonoff’s “Nobody’s Watching,” Kirsten Tan’s “Pop Aye,” Constantin Popescu’s “Pororoca,” Matan Yair’s “Scaffolding” and Jaron Albertin’s “Weightless »
- Elsa Keslassy
Actors and directors of the top Tiff premiering films have been stopping by the Deadline Studio in Toronto all week; including Jennifer Lawrence from mother!; Emma Stone, Steve Carell and Sarah Silverman from Battle of the Sexes; Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon and Nicholas Hoult from The Current War; and many more. Click on the photo above to launch the gallery. Keep watching Deadline for more photo galleries and video interviews from the Deadline Studio at Tiff 201… »
Billie Jean King didn’t solve sexism (obviously) when she won the highly publicized 1973 tennis match against Bobby Riggs known as the “Battle of the Sexes,” but she did make the women of the world feel pretty good for a day or two. That same feel-good attitude runs through the film version of Battle Of The Sexes,…
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- Katie Rife
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