12 items from 2017
Jessica Biel is returning to the small screen. She’s set to topline “The Sinner,” an anthology series that USA Network just ordered to series, the La Times reports. The thriller marks Biel’s first gig as a series regular since she played Mary Camden on the WB/CW’s ensemble family drama “7th Heaven.” Since then, she’s made a career on the big screen and turned up for guest spots on “BoJack Horseman,” “Family Guy,” and most notably, “New Girl.”
“Based on Petra Hammesfahr’s bestselling book of the same name, the first installment of the close-ended crime thriller follows a young mother, played by Biel, who is overcome with a fit of rage and commits an act of violence that she can’t explain,” the source details. Bill Pullman (“The Equalizer”) costars, playing an investigator trying to determine the motive for the crime.
“There are always going to be the roles where you play the arm candy or girlfriend or wife; sometimes those are actually great parts, too, but I think it’s important to fight for the roles that really mean something to you, that say something,” Biel has said. “To tell stories that inspire you. You have to find those parts that are fewer and far between.” It sounds like “The Sinner” is going to offer Biel a solid, meaty — and meaningful — role.
Jessica Biel Anthology Thriller Gets Ordered to Series was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
In 1974, a newscaster named Christine Chubbuck shot herself on live TV. A movie about the tragic true story was released last year, and as of this week, Christine is available on iTunes and VOD platforms. Though it flew mostly under the radar, the film earned rave reviews, due in large part to Rebecca Hall's portrayal of the emotionally fragile woman. In this exclusive clip, you can see the beginning of her mental spiral. It's subtle but disturbing. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Kamiyah Mobley was a newborn, not even a day old, when she went missing in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1998. Police said she was abducted — but their search for her was fruitless, and the case went cold.
On Friday, nearly two decades later, investigators announced a dramatic new development in the case: Mobley had been found, alive and well, living in South Carolina with her accused abductor, Gloria Williams. Mobley believed the woman was her mother.
Here are five things you need to know about the case.
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- Adam Carlson
One of the best performances of the last year can be found in the latest film from Afterschool and Simon Killer director Antonio Campos, the character study Christine. His first feature based on a true story, it follows the final weeks of the life of Christine Chubbuck (Rebecca Hall), a Florida-based news reporter who committed suicide live on air in the summer of 1974. With the film now available on VOD, we’re pleased to premiere an exclusive clip, which features Hall’s character on-air about a local zoning crisis.
I said in my review, “Hall, in one of her best performances, embodies Christine with searing intensity, staring blankly while her co-workers offer simple questions and in one remarkable scene, puzzling a woman offering many different solutions to help her situation. Her initially nervous energy eventually evolves into verbal explosions at her mother (J. Smith-Cameron) and Michael, placing the blame on »
- Jordan Raup
Rebecca and Josh will never have problems again!
If you actually believe that, you haven't been paying attention.
On Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Season 2 Episode 10 Rebecca brought Josh home to meet the Garfinkels, and while we're still not totally sold that romance is the right move for the teenage (summer camp) sweethearts, Rebecca's family is Totally Team Josh.
It's crazy, right?
Elsewhere in the hour, our heroine became enlightened for roughly 30 seconds, Rebecca's mom treated us to a little “Period Sex,” and Patty LuPone taught us about true suffering.
But everything isn't rainbows and soul train, right? Let's dive in!
First off, I need you all to know how excited I was that the Garfinkel Ring finally made a reappearance on the series.
- Christine Laskodi
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
The staggeringly accomplished debut feature by Brazilian critic-turned-director Kleber Mendonça Filho, Neighboring Sounds, announced the arrival of a remarkable new talent in international cinema. Clearly recognizable as the work of the same director, Mendonça’s equally assertive follow-up, Aquarius, establishes his authorial voice as well as his place as one of the most eloquent filmic commentators on the contemporary state of Brazilian society. – Giovanni M. »
- The Film Stage
THR is reporting that Ralph Fiennes and Hugh Laurie have signed on to the cast of Holmes and Watson, the latest collaboration between Talladega Nights and Step Brothers stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.
Details of Fiennes and Laurie’s characters are being kept under wraps, but the site reports that the duo “will slip on the shoes of two beloved characters from the Holmes oeuvre”.
The film sees Ferrell as Arthur Conan Doyle’s master detective Sherlock Holmes, with Reilly as his sidekick Dr. John Watson. Also featuring in the cast are Rebecca Hall (Christine), Rob Brydon (The Huntsman: Winter’s War), Kelly Macdonald (Brave) and Lauren Lapkus (Jurassic World).
- Gary Collinson
Back in May at the Cannes Film Festival, a colleague was gushing — as was pretty much everyone, this critic included — about Isabelle Huppert’s ice-cool, high-wire tour de force as a rape victim with a very unusual psychology in Paul Verhoeven’s comeback feature “Elle.”
“She should win the Oscar in a walk,” she asserted, before adding a predictable caveat. “Shame awards voters won’t touch that performance with a 50-foot-pole.”
Seven months later, my colleague might not be feeling so pessimistic. Despite being housed in a chilly, controversial, French-language film, Huppert has emerged as the surprise dark horse of the season so far, bulldozing through the major critics’ awards and landing a Golden Globe nomination.
Whether she scores her first-ever Oscar nomination in a competitive category remains to be seen, but she’s very much in the conversation. That’s unprecedented territory for Huppert, despite the Frenchwoman’s reputation »
- Guy Lodge
Chicago – It’s that time of the film year, the “Ten Best” lists. In representing my 2016 picks – as “Patrick McDonald” – I looked for the emotional experience as much as anything. I think every filmgoer, from the most casual to the ardent buff, adhere to their favorites through that feeling of connection.
There are honorable mentions all over the place, often just missing the 10th spot – I like to characterize them as all tied for eleventh. My favorite superhero film was “Captain America: Civil War,” for the Marvel Comics angst that works best in this genre of movies. The dramas “Arrival,” “Elle,” “Little Men” and “A Monster Calls” were excellent and heartfelt experiences. I loved the wacky tribute that writer/directors Joel and Ethan Coen gave to 1950s Hollywood in “Hail, Caesar!” And after watching it again after initial reservations, I realized and connected to the ardent celebration in the musical “La La Land. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
It has recurred time and again in the history of film and TV that two projects based on the same subject come into existence at similar times; it's happened with Truman Capote (Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winner Capote and Infamous starring Toby Jones), The Jungle Book (last year's Disney box office smash forced Andy Serkis to push his version to 2018) and even the tragic suicide of Christine Lubbock (this month's Christine starring Rebecca Hall and documentary Kate Plays Christine). »
- Jacob Stolworthy
The guild award nominations keep coming in. The Casting Society of America has announced the nominees in its feature film categories for the 32d annual Artios Awards, which honor outstanding achievement in casting. “Arrival,” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Hidden Figures,” “Nocturnal Animals” and “The Girl on the Train” all picked up nods in the big-budget drama category, with “Captain Fantastic,” “Jackie,” “Lion,” “Loving” and “Manchester by the Sea” doing likewise in the studio or independent drama field.
Big Budget — Comedy
- Michael Nordine
“Critics don’t vote for Oscars” may be a good mantra to maintain when sizing up the race, but the aggregate opinions of the various regional groups can nevertheless be instructive. Looking back over recent Academy Awards history, the collective critical assessment — with organizations hailing from New York, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Austin, London, Dublin, and all points in between — has often pointed to a consensus.
For example, “The Hurt Locker,” “Argo,” and “12 Years a Slave” took the lion’s share of critics’ best-picture kudos in unpredictable years, then went on to win the Oscar. This year, it’s a two-horse race.
Excluding the National Board of Review, which is not a critics’ group, “Moonlight” maintains an edge over “La La Land.” Barry Jenkins’ intimate drama has scored 15 prizes for best film, vs. 13 for Damien Chazelle’s musical.
- Kristopher Tapley
12 items from 2017
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