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The Mentalist star Simon Baker with Anne-Katrin Titze on the evolution of Tim Winton's Breath, adapted by Baker and Gerard Lee, to become his directorial debut‪: "I was given the novel by my producing parter Mark Johnson, seven or eight years ago now, just to sign on as a producer." Photo: Denise Sinelov

At the Crosby Street Hotel in SoHo before meeting with Simon Baker for a conversation on his film Breath, I was greeted by Pepper, his agent's lovely dog, who is also friendly with Ben Mendelsohn. When Simon joined us I told him that I had just come from an interview with Whit Stillman on the 20th anniversary of The Last Days Of Disco. Simon is also in Fabien Constant's Blue Night, starring Sarah Jessica Parker with Jacqueline Bisset, Renée Zellweger and Gus Birney.

Elizabeth Debicki (who was in Jean Genet's The Maids at
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Cinema Retro Issue #41 Now Shipping Worldwide

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Cinema Retro issue #41 has now shipped to subscribers worldwide.

Highlights of Cinema Retro #41:

We take a dive into the filming of The Deep starring Robert Shaw, Jacqueline Bisset and Nick Nolte

How Doctor Doolittle almost put Fox on life support

Steve McQueen in Sam Peckinpah's Junior Bonner: a re-evaluation

Remembering Mary Ure

Exclusive interview with actress Jane Merrow

Why you can't see the terrific cult horror flick The Outcasts

Burt Lancaster in Robert Aldrich's underrated gem Ulzana's Raid

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Emmys 2018 exclusive: Starz categories for ‘Outlander,’ ‘Counterpart,’ ‘Howards End’ and more

In a Gold Derby exclusive, we have learned the category placements of the key Emmy Awards contenders for Starz. For this season, the premium network has newcomers “Counterpart” (J.K. Simmons) and “Vida”, returning Emmy contender “Outlander” and limited series “Howards End” (Hayley Atwell) as part of their 2018 campaign.

Below, the list of Starz lead, supporting and guest submissions for their comedy, drama and limited series. More names might be added by the network on the final Emmy ballot. Also note that performers not included on this list may well be submitted by their personal reps.

See‘Outlander’ stars Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe react to the show’s Huge multi-season renewal: ‘Thank you to our fans’

“Ash Vs. Evil Dead

Comedy Series

Comedy Actor – Bruce Campbell

Comedy Supporting Actress – Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Arielle Carver O’Neil

Comedy Supporting Actor – Lindsay Farris, Ray Santiago

Comedy Guest Actor – Hemky Madera, Lee Majors
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Smackdown '70 Companion Podcast Pt 1: "Mash" and "Airport"

Nathaniel R welcomes Mark BlankenshipDan CallahanDenise Grayson, Lena Houst, and Bobby Rivers to talk 1970 at the movies

Pt 1 (35 minutes)

You've read our takes on the five Supporting Actress nominees of 1970, now let's talk the movies they're in. On the first half of the podcast we discuss "cheese with wings" Airport (1970) and what it wrought at the movies and the Oscars. Who was the Mvp among its actresses: Helen Hayes? Maureen Stapleton? Jean Seberg? Jacqueline Bisset? We then turn our attention to another smash hit M*A*S*H (1970) and both its modern filmmaking and its misogyny.

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 
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Festival Feature: The Films of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival

New York City – The 17th Tribeca Film Festival wrapped a couple weeks ago and the award winning films of the festival have been named. Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com was there for the first week of Tribeca, and files his personal best of the films that he experienced.

The films are either in release or are still looking for distributors, but many of them are already scheduled for 2018 theatrical runs. The Tribeca Film Festival screenings occur mostly in the Chelsea neighborhood, steps from the famed Hotel Chelsea (now under renovation).

The following are the prime 11 of the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival…

Bathtubs Over Broadway

’Bathtubs Over Broadway,’ Directed by Dava Whisenant

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When is the last time you really saw a miracle take place? The story of “Bathtubs Over Broadway” is one such happenstance, as a disaffected comedy writer named Steve Young unwittingly stumbled upon a lost piece of 1950s/’60s art…
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Portrait of a lady and a city by Anne-Katrin Titze

Blue Night director ‪Fabien Constant‬ on working with star Sarah Jessica Parker, her producing partners Alison Benson, Andrea Iervolino, Lady Monika Bacardi, and screenwriter Laura Eason: "I loved being the only guy on-board." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

At Cafe Cluny in the West Village Fabien Constant, director of the meticulously dashing portrait of Carine Roitfeld in Mademoiselle C, is back in New York this time for the Tribeca Film Festival world première of his début feature film Blue Night starring another style icon Sarah Jessica Parker. Shot beautifully by Javier Aguirresarobe and with a supporting cast including Simon Baker, Jacqueline Bisset, Common, Renée Zellweger, Taylor Kinney, Gus Birney, and Waleed Zuaiter, Blue Night attaches us for 24 hours to the life of a woman who has just learned the news that she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.

On Sarah Jessica Parker as Vivienne in Blue Night: "For me it's
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Truffaut's "Day For Night" 45Th Anniversary Screening, L.A. May 10

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Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 45th anniversary screening of Francois Truffaut’s 1973 film Day for Night. The 115-minute film, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and known in its native France as La Nuit américaine (The American Night), stars Jacqueline Bisset, Valentina Cortese, Dani, Alexandra Stewart, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Jean Champion, Jean-Pierre Léaud and François Truffaut and has been referred to as the most beloved film ever made about filmmaking. It will be screened on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Please Note: At press time, Actress Jacqueline Bisset is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

Day For Night

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Tribeca 2018: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines in ‘Blue Night’

New York City – Although many people will never think of Sarah Jessica Parker in any other role than Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City,” the actor makes a major breakout with her new film, “Blue Night,” which premiered (naturally for her) at the 17th Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 19th, 2018.

Sarah Jessica Parker of ‘Blue Night’ on the Red Carpet at 2018 Tribeca

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Blue Night” is set in New York City, and can be reasonable described as “Carrie Bradshaw through the looking glass.” Parker portrays Vivienne, a jazz singer whose career has always taken precedent over her life. She receives some devastating news, and because she is estranged from her mother, daughter and ex-husband, she has few resources to turn towards. The film follows her character through 24 hours as she processes her news, which includes a guest vocal at an NYC jazz club.
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Backstabbing for Beginners Movie Review

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Backstabbing for Beginners Movie Review
Backstabbing For Beginners A24 & Directv Reviewed by: Harvey Karten Director: Per Fly Screenwriter: Per Fly, Daniel Pyne Cast: Theo James, Ben Kingsley, Jacqueline Bisset, Belçim Bilgin, Rossif Sutherland, Rachel Wilson Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 4/14/18 Opens: April 27, 2018 In 1958 Sherman Adams, President Eisenhower’s chief of staff, was forced to resign. He […]

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‘Blue Night’ Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Shines In a Dour Homage to Agnès Varda — Tribeca

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Fabien Constant’s “Blue Night,” a sensitive but shallow homage to 1962’s “Cléo from 5 to 7,” is that it convincingly validates the idea of updating the Agnès Varda classic. The worst thing that can be said about it is that it peaks with a Sarah Jessica Parker cover of “I Think We’re Alone Now” during the closing credits, but we’ll get to that later.

The story of a beautiful young woman’s brush with mortality, Varda’s film used the timelessness of its premise as an opportunity to contextualize the topical despairs of the day, which ranged from the ongoing Algerian War to Édith Piaf’s recent stomach ulcer surgeries. Seen through the eyes of a potentially dying chanteuse — the film’s title refers to the anxious hours that its heroine spends waiting for the results of a biopsy — everything became equally small,
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Tribeca Film Review: ‘Blue Night’

Tribeca Film Review: ‘Blue Night’
In the early 1990s, Madonna met with French New Wave pioneer Agnès Varda about the idea of directing her in a remake “Cléo from 5 to 7.” That film, which was told virtually in real time, followed a free-spirited chanteuse confronted with her own mortality as she wanders the streets of Paris. Though the project never came to pass, its ghost lives on in French director Fabien Constant’s “Blue Night,” which considers itself more of an homage than a remake, pilfering from not just “Cléo,” but Antonioni’s “La Notte” and a handful of other European art films as well.

A mopey indie drama that delivers an unusually introspective role for “Sex and the City” star Sarah Jessica Parker (who clearly relishes the opportunity to go deep), “Blue Night” wraps with Parker whisper-singing “I Think We’re Alone Now” over the end credits. That’s fitting for what basically amounts to a stylish,
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‘Blue Night’ Film Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Loses the Pitch in Lackluster Drama

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‘Blue Night’ Film Review: Sarah Jessica Parker Loses the Pitch in Lackluster Drama
Your response to “Blue Night,” a first narrative film from director Fabien Constant (“Mademoiselle C”), will very much depend on your response to Sarah Jessica Parker as a performer, for this is very much a vehicle for Parker, and it plays into some of her strengths and many of her weaknesses.

Blue Night” gets off to a very rocky start in a first sequence set in a hospital where Vivienne Carala (Parker) waits to see a doctor. The first shot is of her agonized eyes in extreme close-up, and the hand-held camera keeps very close to Vivienne. Constant (directing a script by Laura Eason, “House of Cards”) seems to want us to be inside of Vivienne’s head here, but the editing is so jerky that what results is spatially incoherent rather than emotionally involving.

Vivienne is told that she has a brain tumor and only around fourteen months to live if she seeks treatment, and after this diagnosis she wanders the streets of Manhattan in a daze. Vivienne is a singer, like the heroine of Agnès Varda’s French New Wave classic “Cléo from 5 to 7” (1962), but Cléo is a pop singer and Vivienne is supposed to be a respected but struggling jazz vocalist.

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Cléo spends most of Varda’s film waiting to hear a medical diagnosis that might be fatal, and so there is built-in suspense in this set-up. Vivienne knows right from the start of “Blue Night” that her days are numbered, and so all we can do is watch her despair as she totters around on her high-heeled, ankle-strap shoes. This is a far less compelling prospect.

Parker’s Vivienne is playing a gig at Birdland, where she once sang to some acclaim 25 years ago. Her career is not what she had hoped it would be, and this comes across in maybe the best scene in “Blue Night,” when Vivienne has to deal with an interviewer who asks about a “broken engagement” and whether this break-up affected her new album.

The record is titled “Third and A,” an address in the East Village where Vivienne once lived. Now she’s in a nice but modest apartment on 49th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, which is where her domineering and very attractive mother Jeanne (Jacqueline Bisset) is waiting for her.

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Parker and Bisset make for a convincing mother and daughter in “Blue Night,” for they both have similar searing blue eyes, and they are both uneasy presences on camera. Vivienne finally escapes her mother’s undermining comments after giving her a desperate embrace. As she wanders around outside some more, she encounters a friend named Tessa, played by Renée Zellweger. Tessa is just as uneasy as Vivienne and Jeanne, and she disappears from the film entirely after a brief conversation with Vivienne about raising her young children.

There are times when “Blue Night” resembles one of those meandering, exploratory Elizabeth Taylor movies from the late 1960s and early 1970s, films where she tried to hold on to her glamorous earlier image while attempting to delve into psychic disturbances. Constant has Vivienne walking around a lot in “Blue Night,” and noticing things about people she sees on the streets, but these scenes don’t ever add up to anything.

If they were going to cast Parker as a jazz singer, they should never have had her perform, as she does at a club in “Blue Night.” She sings a new Rufus Wainwright song called “Unfollow the Rules,” and Parker sings it fairly well, but in a musical style that doesn’t bear even a passing resemblance to jazz. If Parker was going to play an esteemed but somewhat unsuccessful singer, surely this role should have been written as a musical-comedy performer who does shows at 54 Below rather than Birdland. (We see one of Vivienne’s albums on the wall of her apartment, and it is called “Subtlety,” a title that might get an unintentional laugh.)

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Parker has image problems now that have to do with her extreme success on the TV show “Sex and the City.” She had been a likable child actress and then a charming ingénue, but her Carrie Bradshaw became increasingly unsympathetic while the show itself presented her as a lovable heroine. This disconnect was matched by Parker’s attempt to take on a very glamorous and grand-lady-like image while still holding on to her most girlish mannerisms from her child-star days: the perpetual tilt of her head in conversation with others, the way she is always nervously pushing her hair behind her ears.

Blue Night” is another miscalculation for Parker because it presents her as an entirely sympathetic heroine and a talented jazz singer, even though Parker is sending us behavioral signals that Vivienne is a flawed and calculating person. (And more likely to belt out “Tomorrow” at Marie’s Crisis rather than trade fours at Birdland.) What Parker really needs to do at this point is to play a spectacularly flawed or even villainous person outright. Only when she stops worrying about being sympathetic will her career get back on track.



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Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Blue Night’ Gets Moody Poster (First Look)

Tribeca: Sarah Jessica Parker’s ‘Blue Night’ Gets Moody Poster (First Look)
With a cast that includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Renee Zellweger, and Common, “Blue Night” is one of the hottest projects at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Variety has an exclusive first look at the film’s moody poster, which features a forlorn-looking Parker in a sea of anonymous city dwellers.

The film follows Vivienne (Parker), a singer in New York City, whose world is shattered after she receives some bad news. It unfolds over the course of a day as she prepares for an upcoming world tour, navigates various personal and professional relationships, and reflects on her successes and failures, all while trying to find a private moment to share with others the news she has received from her doctor.

Blue Night” is Parker’s first film in three years. In addition to her work on HBO’s “Sex & the City” and “Divorce,” Parker has appeared in “Failure to Launch,
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Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Buzziest Titles From Sarah Jessica Parker to Ansel Elgort

Tribeca Film Festival: 9 Buzziest Titles From Sarah Jessica Parker to Ansel Elgort
Tribeca Film Festival may not rival the bidding wars of Sundance or studio tentpoles at SXSW. But it has cornered the market on cast reunions and Q&A sessions. This year is no exception, as the festival has lined up the makers of “Schindler’s List” (including Steven Spielberg), “Scarface” (Al Pacino and Michelle Pfeiffer) and conversations from Bradley Cooper and John Legend. And then there are the movies playing throughout Manhattan, from April 18 through 29. Here are nine titles that could break out on the indie scene.

Mapplethorpe

The Crown” star Matt Smith trades Buckingham Palace for the world of Bdsm with a turn as Robert Mapplethorpe, the famous photography who drew acclaim and provoked controversy for his graphic depictions of underground sex. The film covers Mapplethorpe’s rise from the outer edges of New York’s arts scene to the center of high culture, ending with his tragic death
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Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Jacqueline Bisset Joins Drama ‘Honey in the Head’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Jacqueline Bisset has joined “Honey in the Head,” Freestyle Digital buys “Carter and June” and the editorial employees of Nickelodeon Animation Studio have unionized.

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Jacqueline Bisset is set to join the cast of “Honey in the Head” opposite Nick Nolte, Matt Dillon and Emily Mortimer, Variety has learned exclusively.

She will play the mother of Mortimer’s character, and likes to playfully flirt with Nick Nolte’s character whenever she has the opportunity. “Honey in the Head,” the English-language remake of the 2014 German drama “Honig Im Kopf,” will start production in May in Germany, Italy, and the U.K.

The original movie, produced by Barefoot Films, was directed by and starred Til Schweiger as the son of a retired veteran suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who convinces his widowed father (played by Dieter Hallervorden) to move in with him. The film, co-produced and distributed by Warner Bros.
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Film Review: ‘Backstabbing for Beginners’

The title misleads, but in a way that sets up a pleasant surprise: Per Fly’s “Backstabbing for Beginners” is not some archly tongue-in-cheek takedown of the art of the con, but a relatively serious-minded drama based on the true story of the Oil-for-Food scandal that plagued the United Nations around the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Fictionalizing those incidents just enough to play as a pacy, borderline noirish thriller — available via DirecTV a month before its April 27 theatrical release — Fly and co-writer Daniel Pyne adapt Michael Soussan’s memoir of his time as a bright-as-a-button entry-level U.N. aide whose idealism curdles almost as fast as his star rises within the unwieldy organization.

It’s to the film’s credit that it creates a sense of high-stakes peril despite us knowing the rough outcome from the get-go, and largely without simplifying its moral dilemmas into straightforward choices between heroism and villainy.
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Watch the trailer for thriller Backstabbing for Beginners starring Theo James

Ahead of its release next month, A24 has debuted a new trailer for the upcoming thriller Backstabbing for Beginners. Directed by Per Fly, the film is based on Michael Soussan’s memoirs Backstabbing for Beginners: My Crash Course in International Diplomacy and features a cast that includes Theo James, Belçim Bilgin, Jacqueline Bisset, and Ben Kingsley; watch it here…

Based on a true story, an idealistic young employee (Theo James) working at the Un investigates the grisly murder of his predecessor and uncovers a vast global conspiracy, that may even involve his own boss (Ben Kingsley), in this gripping and timely thriller.

Backstabbing for Beginners is set to arrive on DirecTV on March 22nd, and a theatrical release on April 27th.

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First Trailer for A24's 'Backstabbing for Beginners' Starring Theo James

"It sickens me to have to stand there and listen to your lies." A24 has debuted the first official trailer for a true story political drama titled Backstabbing for Beginners, from Danish director Per Fly. The film is about a young, idealistic program coordinator at the United Nations, as played by Theo James (from the Divergent series), who stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves. Ben Kingsley stars as his boss, and the cast includes Jacqueline Bisset, Christina Dupre, Rossif Sutherland, Belçim Bilgin, Rachel Wilson, and Brian Markinson. This looks like a very compelling political thriller about a kid just trying to do what's right. And, as A24 says in their email, it's a very "timely" film for us to watch these days. Here's the first official trailer for Per Fly's Backstabbing for Beginners, direct from YouTube: Based on a true story, an idealistic young employee (Theo James
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'Double Lover' Review: French Thriller's Two Sides of Same Steamy, Kinky Coin

'Double Lover' Review: French Thriller's Two Sides of Same Steamy, Kinky Coin
French filmmaker François Ozon can tackle subjects of the utmost gravity (see Under the Sand, Frantz and a host of other solemn dramas). But my favorite Ozon movies are the ones that blend seriousness with erotic mischief – works like 8 Women, Swimming Pool and In the House. Just as irresistible is the dangerously sexy and perversely funny Double Lover, a psychological thriller that concerns two psychologists ... well, actually their twins.

At first, Chloe, beautifully played by Marine Vacth, doesn't know this; neither, for that matter, does the audience. The ex-model is in therapy with Dr.
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Double Lover Movie Review

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Double Lover (L’amant double) Cohen Media Group Director: François Ozon Screenwriter: François Ozon, loosely based on Joyce Carol Oates’ “Lives of the Twins” Cast: Marine Vacth, Jéremié Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer, Dominique Reymond Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 1/10/18 Opens: February 14, 2018 In middle-class households, the favorite question that family friends and relatives […]

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