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Sundance Now Enters Podcast Business With Scripted Crime Series ‘Exeter’ (Video)

Sundance Now, AMC Networks’ streaming video on demand service, is wading into the podcast waters for the first time with a new scripted crime series starring Jeanne Tripplehorn (“Big Love”) and Ray McKinnon (“Sons of Anarchy”).

The show, “Exeter,” was announced at the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles on Saturday. “Exeter” will follow Tripplehorn as hardened detective Colleen Clayton as she grapples with the wrongful conviction of a woman sent to prison for murder a decade earlier. A run of shocking ritualistic murders in her South Carolina town puts Clayton at odds with her department and outgoing partner, Lester, played by McKinnon.

“Sundance Now could not be more excited to be entering the scripted podcast space with such a riveting story, brilliantly brought to life by two outstanding actors — the indomitable Jeanne Tripplehorn and Ray McKinnon, whom we are thrilled to have back in the Sundance fold,
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How Long Will TV and Film’s Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

How Long Will TV and Film’s Boom Market for Female Stories Last?
Nantucket, Mass. — The #MeToo moment and the push for gender parity in Hollywood has opened doors for women artists in the film and TV business in the past year, but there are concerns that the appetite for female-led stories could be a “worryingly trendy conversation.” That’s how showrunner Sera Gamble put during a panel session Saturday at the Nantucket Film Festival that focused on the status of women filmmakers, actors and writers.

After so many years of hearing “no” to projects revolving around protagonists who are female or persons of color, it’s pleasantly surprising to be asked to bring in diverse material director-producer Miranda Bailey said during the “Women Beyond the Words” panel moderated by NPR host Ophira Eisenberg. Bailey was joined by Gamble, actor-producer Alysia Reiner, actor Jeanne Tripplehorn, and documentary filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Bailey, “I’m being told by every single studio please come in,
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How Long Will TV and Film’s Boom Market for Female Stories Last?

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How Long Will TV and Film’s Boom Market for Female Stories Last?
Nantucket, Mass. — The #MeToo moment and the push for gender parity in Hollywood has opened doors for women artists in the film and TV business in the past year, but there are concerns that the appetite for female-led stories could be a “worryingly trendy conversation.” That’s how showrunner Sera Gamble put during a panel session Saturday at the Nantucket Film Festival that focused on the status of women filmmakers, actors and writers.

After so many years of hearing “no” to projects revolving around protagonists who are female or persons of color, it’s pleasantly surprising to be asked to bring in diverse material director-producer Miranda Bailey said during the “Women Beyond the Words” panel moderated by NPR host Ophira Eisenberg. Bailey was joined by Gamble, actor-producer Alysia Reiner, actor Jeanne Tripplehorn, and documentary filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Bailey, “I’m being told by every single studio please come in,
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Little Pink House – Review

Catherine Keener stars as Susette Kelo, in the true-story drama about her battle against eminent domain to keep her home, in Little Pink House. Photo courtesy of Korchula Productions

A pink house is not for everyone but it was just right for Susette Kelo, especially with a lovely river view. When a local economic redevelopment organization tries to seize the Connecticut cottage she so lovingly rehabbed for a project to lure a Big Pharma company to the financially-strapped town, she fights – all the way to the Supreme Court.

There is a bit of Frank Capra mixed with “Erin Brockovich” in the true story-inspired Little Pink House. Oscar-nominee Catherine Keener plays Kelo in a moving performance as an ordinary woman pushed too far in this film from Courtney Balaker, making her directorial debut.

After her marriage failed, paramedic Kelo was looking for a place to start over. When she finds the
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Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Home Ent On Eminent Domain Drama ‘Little Pink House’ Starring Catherine Keener

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Samuel Goldwyn Picks Up Home Ent On Eminent Domain Drama ‘Little Pink House’ Starring Catherine Keener
Exclusive: Film Mode Entertainment has struck a deal with Samuel Goldwyn Films for North American home ent rights to Catherine Keener-starring drama Little Pink House.

Writer-director Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s (The Collector) feature, based on the book of the same name, follows the true story of Susette Kelo (Keener), a nurse who takes on a huge corporation that tries to use eminent domain to seize homes in her working-class Connecticut neighborhood to make room for a new corporate facility. Kelo organizes her neighbors and leads a battle that ends up before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Capote and Being John Malkovich star Keener plays alongside Jeanne Tripplehorn (The Firm) and Callum Keith Rennie (Fifty Shades Of Gray). Producers include Ted Balaker, Arielle Boisvert, Joel Soisson and Shawn Williamson. Dada Films released the movie theatrically in the U.S.

“We’re very excited about the reception Little Pink House has received from audience members,
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Nantucket Film Festival To Open With Shana Feste’s ‘Boundaries’

Nantucket Film Festival To Open With Shana Feste’s ‘Boundaries’
The 23rd Nantucket Film Festival will open June 20 with Sony Pictures Classics’ Boundaries, which is written and directed by Shana Feste and stars Christopher Plummer and Vera Farmiga in the lead father-daughter roles. Bobby Cannavale, Peter Fonda, Christopher Lloyd and Kristen Schaal also star.

Organizers said the festival will close June 25 with Love, Gilda, the CNN Films documentary about Gilda Radner that just had its world premiere last week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The centerpiece presentation will be Morgan Neville’s Fred Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor.

For a ninth straight year, Nff will also screen a Pixar film on opening day. This year’s is Incredibles 2, which opens commercially June 15. Also continuing a tradition, the Berklee Silent Film Orchestra will accompany a screening of Universal’s 1928 film The Man Who Laughs. One of its notable features is Conrad Veidt’s character, which has been
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Weekly Update for April 20: Women Centric, Directed, and Written Films Playing Near You

“Little Pink House”Films About Women Opening This Week

Little Pink House — Written and Directed by Courtney Moorehead Balaker

Based on a true story, a small-town paramedic named Susette Kelo (Catherine Keener) leaves a bad marriage, and starts over in a new town. She buys a rundown cottage in New London, Connecticut, refurbishes it, paints it pink, meets a great guy, and exhales. Then she discovers powerful politicians are bent on bulldozing her blue-collar neighborhood to make way for condos and office buildings. The redevelopment effort is spearheaded by Dr. Charlotte Wells (Jeanne Tripplehorn) — ambitious and accomplished, she’s the closest thing the gritty town has to a celebrity. With the help of a young lawyer named Scott Bullock (Giacomo Baessato), Susette emerges as the reluctant leader of her neighbors in an epic battle that goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, inspires a nation, and helps
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Film Review: ‘Little Pink House’

Film Review: ‘Little Pink House’
As the thorny matter of eminent domain — the power of the government to seize private property for debatably public use — continues to flare up in American headlines, Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s “Little Pink House” arrives on screens as an earnest, adamant statement of opposition. Revisiting the Supreme Court’s famously contentious decision in the 2005 case of Kelo vs. City of New London, which ruled against a Connecticut homeowner standing her ground in the face of redevelopment by the Pfizer Corporation, Balaker’s heartfelt film holds attention as a straightforward account of a complicated case, and benefits from the intelligent, careworn presence of Catherine Keener as its human anchor amid all the procedural to-and-fro. If the story’s political and personal nuances have been a bit flattened in Balaker’s script, keeping proceedings in a movie-of-the-week register, this “Little Pink House” nonetheless retains what property developers would call good bones.

As it stands,
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Film Review: ‘Little Pink House’

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Film Review: ‘Little Pink House’
As the thorny matter of eminent domain — the power of the government to seize private property for debatably public use — continues to flare up in American headlines, Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s “Little Pink House” arrives on screens as an earnest, adamant statement of opposition. Revisiting the Supreme Court’s famously contentious decision in the 2005 case of Kelo vs. City of New London, which ruled against a Connecticut homeowner standing her ground in the face of redevelopment by the Pfizer Corporation, Balaker’s heartfelt film holds attention as a straightforward account of a complicated case, and benefits from the intelligent, careworn presence of Catherine Keener as its human anchor amid all the procedural to-and-fro. If the story’s political and personal nuances have been a bit flattened in Balaker’s script, keeping proceedings in a movie-of-the-week register, this “Little Pink House” nonetheless retains what property developers would call good bones.

As it stands,
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Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, Slate of Female Filmmakers Enliven Sun Valley Film Festival

Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Bosworth, Slate of Female Filmmakers Enliven Sun Valley Film Festival
Sun Valley, Idaho, has well preserved its long-established reputation as a winter playground for the millionaire sports enthusiast, with sparkling snow blanketing its ski slopes and throngs of snowboarders shredding the gnar. It’s also a center of creative passion and grand literary achievement. Ketchum, minutes away from Sun Valley’s main drag of town, is where Hemingway lived and died. His gravesite, spare and set in the grass, attracts thousands of tourists each year, who make their pilgrimage to commune with the great American writer, leaving behind half-drunk bottles of bourbon as a testament to Hemingway’s liquor-fueled legacy.

The affluent resort town is also home to the Sun Valley Film Festival, one of the best-kept secrets among cineastes and those craving a deeper connection to the arts. As far as film fests go, Sun Valley is not on the scale of Sundance or Cannes, but that’s what makes it so desirable.
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Catherine Keener Fights for Her Home in Trailer for 'Little Pink House'

"No amount of money could replace our homes." Korchula Productions has released an official trailer for a based-on-a-true story film titled Little Pink House, starring Catherine Keener as a woman who fights a defining legal battle against the government and corporations trying to take her home away. Keener plays Susette Kelo, a small-town Emt who buys a tiny rundown cottage in New London, Connecticut, refurbishes it with her bare hands, paints it pink, meets a new guy after a bad marriage. Then she discovers powerful politicians are bent on bulldozing her blue-collar neighborhood to make way for condos and offices designed to benefit the new corporate headquarters of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer. So she resists and ends up going all the way to the Supreme Court. The film's cast includes Jeanne Tripplehorn, Callum Keith Rennie, Giacomo Baessato, Aaron Douglas, Colin Cunningham, and Miranda Frigon. Take a look below. Here's the official
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Julianne Moore to star in After the Wedding remake

Oscar winner Julianne Moore (Still Alice) has signed on to appear in After the Wedding, a remake of Susanne Bier’s Academy Award-nominated Danish drama, which is being written and directed by Bart Freundlich (The Rebound).

The project will reimagine the original film – which starred Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld) – and feature two female leads, with the story focussing on motherhood and family.

“We are overjoyed to have Bart as a partner in this project that has been a long time labour of love,” said producers Joel Michaels (Terminator Salvation) and Silvio Muraglia (Black Butterfly). “He’s reimagined a brilliant retelling of Susanne Bier’s acclaimed and potent drama. We are further blessed to be working with Julianne Moore who remarkable talent brings depth and sincerity to every role she portrays.”

“Bart has written an emotional powerhouse of a screenplay,” added Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder from Cornerstone Films.
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‘Marvin’s Room’ Broadway Review: Lili Taylor Earns Major Feels as Caregiver Who Needs Care Herself

‘Marvin’s Room’ Broadway Review: Lili Taylor Earns Major Feels as Caregiver Who Needs Care Herself
It’s been two decades since Lili Taylor’s first and last appearance on Broadway — in a production of “The Three Sisters” featuring Amy Irving, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Calista Flockhart and Billy Crudup — and how we’ve missed her. Taylor has done solid, understated work in movies like “I Shot Andy Warhol” and “Brooklyn’s Finest” and TV shows like ABC’s canceled-too-soon “American Crime.” And she brings that almost visceral sense of empathy to a heartfelt revival of “Marvin’s Room,” Scott McPherson’s elegiac 1991 drama that opened Thursday at Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre on Broadway. Taylor plays Bessie,
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The Best Movies About the End of the World, From ‘Melancholia’ to ‘Dr. Strangelove’

The Best Movies About the End of the World, From ‘Melancholia’ to ‘Dr. Strangelove’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Apropos of absolutely nothing (and definitely not in response to a certain world leader taking disastrous steps towards dooming the environment of the only inhabitable planet we have), what is the best film about the end of the world?

Erin Whitney (@Cinemabite), ScreenCrush

It’s a hard tie between “Melancholia” and “Take Shelter.” One is a devastating meditation on depression, isolation and death, and the other is a dramatic masterpiece that evokes the dread and anxiety of a looming end. They’re very different films (and coincidentally opened within months of each other), but both end on final shots that left me breathless.
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Bentonville Film Festival Announces 2017 Competition Winner

Bentonville Film Festival Announces 2017 Competition Winner
The third annual Bentonville Film Festival (Bff) which champions women and diverse voices in media, announced the winners of its film competition Saturday, May 6 at their awards ceremony hosted by Terry Crews, star of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Bff is the only festival to offer guaranteed distribution to the winning festival films in three categories: Best Narrative, Best Family Film and Audience Award winners.

Hosted in Bentonville, Arkansas, 2017’s festival attracted a record-breaking number of attendees committed to ensuring development and promotion of media that represents the world we live in – 51% women and highly diverse. Festival attendees interacted with filmmakers, actors and key industry leaders including Meg Ryan, William H. Macy, Judy Greer, Rachel Winter, Marilu Henner, Jane Seymour, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Stephanie Beatriz, Melissa Fumero, Amy Jo Johnson, Aisha Tyler, Nely Galan, Olivia Washington, Joey Travolta (Inclusion Films), Patty Jenkins (Director, Wonder Woman), Stephen Quinn (Chairman, Afe), Gil Robertson (Aafca), Chevonne O
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Sigourney Weaver on Bill Paxton: 'I Can't Believe He's Gone'

Sigourney Weaver on Bill Paxton: 'I Can't Believe He's Gone'
Sigourney Weaver, who co-starred with Bill Paxton in James Cameron's 1986 sci-fi/horror classic Aliens, issued a statement about the late actor, who died Saturday at age 61 from heart surgery complications. "Bill brought such authenticity to everything he did – in life and in his work," she wrote in a statement. "He was the quintessential Texan – incredibly charming, warm, generous, always with a twinkle in his eye. He loved his family, his friends, his work and gave them his all. I can't believe he's gone."

Jeanne Tripplehorn, who played one of
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Bill Paxton, Esteemed TV and Film Actor, Dead at 61

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Beloved TV and film star, Bill Paxton, passed away today after complications from surgery.

He was 61 years old.

According to reports, he suffered a stroke after successful heart surgery. Family, friends, colleagues and fans from around the world mourn him today.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," his family said in a statement on Sunday.

"A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific actor and filmmaker."

"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

Paxton started acting in the late '70s in shorts, but by the mid-'80s he had graduated to features, starring in films such as The Terminator,
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Bill Paxton Remembered: Training Day, Big Love, S.H.I.E.L.D. Stars Pay Tribute

Bill Paxton Remembered: Training Day, Big Love, S.H.I.E.L.D. Stars Pay Tribute
Bill Paxton, who died on Saturday at the age of 61, is being remembered by friends and former co-stars.

The Emmy-nominated actor, who was currently starring in CBS’ adaptation of Training Day, died due to complications from an unspecified surgery. Justin Cornwell and Julie Benz, who respectively play his partner and girlfriend on the freshman drama, took to social media to express their grief over the loss of a “sweet friend.”

RelatedBig Love Actor Bill Paxton Dead at 61

Justin Cornwell, Training Day:

We were just two guys on top of the world. Rest easy my friend pic.twitter.com
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Film Mode boards 'Little Pink House'

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Film Mode boards 'Little Pink House'
Exclusive: Courtney Balaker’s drama premiered at Santa Barbara Film Festival earlier this month.

Clay Epstein’s Film Mode is in talks with international buyers at this week’s European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin on Little Pink House starring Catherine Keener, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Callum Keith Rennie.

The story is based on the book of the same name by Jeff Benedict about a small-town nurse who rallies her neighbours to confront a corporation that threatens to destroy their homes in a working class area of Connecticut.

Courtney Moorehead Balaker wrote and directed Little Pink House and produced with Ted Balaker and Joel Soisson.
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Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s “Little Pink House” to Open Athena Film Festival

Catherine Keener in “Maladies”: Tribeca Film Festival

The Athena Film Festival announced today that “Little Pink House,” written and directed by Courtney Moorehead Balaker, will screen on Thursday, February 9 as the fest’s Opening Night film.

Based on the true story of Susette Kelo, “Little Pink Houses” tells the story of a nurse who emerges as a reluctant leader of her working-class neighbors in their struggle to save their homes from political and corporate interests. Two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener (“Enough Said”) plays the title role. Jeanne Tripplehorn (“Criminal Minds”) co-stars.

Telling Kelo’s story has been a long time coming for Moorehead Balaker — and for the Athena Film Festival. The “Little Pink House” script was a finalist on the 2015 Athena List, a selection of screenplays with female leads or protagonists that have yet to be made into films.

“Bringing Susette’s story to the screen has been a passion of mine for years and I’m very honored by the Athena Film Festival’s invitation to open the festival,” said Moorehead Balaker in a statement. “Susette is a model of courage and defiance, and Catherine Keener’s outstanding performance perfectly embodies Susette’s spirit and drive. I’m grateful to the Athena Film Festival for showcasing her story and for giving ‘Little Pink House’ the opportunity to come full circle from Athena List Finalist to opening night film.”

Women and Hollywood’s Founder and Publisher, Melissa Silverstein, co-founded the Athena Film Festival and serves as its artistic director. She commented, “‘Little Pink House’ highlights an incredible message of woman’s courage against all odds and standing up for what is right. This is the first film from the Athena List program to be made and the fact that it will open the festival is an enormous thrill for all of us,” she emphasized.

After the Opening Night screening of “Little Pink House,” Moorehead Balaker and the real-life Susette Kelo will participate in an audience Q&A.

Little Pink House’s” official synopsis reads, “Susette’s battle goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court and the controversial 5–4 decision in ‘Kelo vs. City of New London’ gave government officials the power to bulldoze a neighborhood for the benefit of a multibillion-dollar corporation. The decision outraged Americans across the political spectrum, and that passion fueled reforms that helped curb eminent domain abuse.”

The Athena Film Festival is four-day event honoring “courageous and audacious women in real life and the fictional world,” and includes features, documentaries, and shorts. The festival will run from February 9–12 at Barnard College in New York City.

Visit the festival’s website to purchase festival tickets and passes, or to find our more information.

Courtney Moorehead Balaker’s “Little Pink House” to Open Athena Film Festival was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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