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Emmy Season Faces #MeToo for the First Time

Just two and a half weeks after the 2017 Primetime Emmy Awards came to a close, the New York Times published its bombshell, Pulitzer Prize-winning expose on movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and assault. The episode and its fallout launched the #MeToo movement, emboldening survivors to step forward with their own stories, which have brought down other high-profile names along the way.

That makes this Emmy season, and the forthcoming 70th annual ceremony on Sept. 17, the first to wrangle with the new reality of how such misdeeds are addressed in Hollywood. Already, that reality is shaping the race somewhat.
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The Sound of Music review – the hills are still alive with joyous energy

No one – apart from its star Christopher Plummer – is immune to the evergreen charms of the blockbuster musical about seven singing children and their nanny Julie Andrews

The Sound of Music is now rereleased in cinemas and now almost everyone – certainly me – has surrendered to the radioactive dairy cream of its power. Unlike with Abba, though, that conquest is not entirely complete. There is one person who still reportedly holds out against The Sound of Music and that is the 88-year-old Christopher Plummer, the actor who played Baron Von Trapp, and who has called the film “awful and sentimental and gooey”. I agree with the third adjective and a little with the second. The title is so familiar it’s possible to overlook its existentially pedantic weirdness.

Related: How The Sound of Music led the way for the critic-proof hit musical
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How The Sound of Music led the way for the critic-proof hit musical

It was dismissed as a ‘sugar-coated lie’ by Pauline Kael – but The Sound of Music’s enduring success suggests audiences enjoy being manipulated. Just look at Mamma Mia!

The cinemas are alive with The Sound of Music once more as the classic musical returns to the big screen. With five Oscars under its belt, legions of devoted fans including those prone to dressing up and singing along, and having taken so much box-office cash that it is in the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time, The Sound of Music is comfortably, and indisputably, a resounding hit. Take a bow, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Rodgers and Hammerstein, director Robert Wise, all the warbling Von Trapp children and even that saucy, if wooden, yodelling goatherd – you created a movie that is inordinately beloved. However, the question many word-perfect fans may not want to ask is this: is The Sound of Music actually any good?
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A Study in Terror

A Study in Terror

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Mill Creek Entertainment

1966 /1:85 / Street Date April 3, 2018

Starring John Neville, Donald Houston, Anthony Quayle

Cinematography by Desmond Dickinson

Written by Donald Ford, Derek Ford

Directed by James Hill

From master criminals like Professor Moriarty to Sebastian Moran, Sherlock Holmes faced his fair share of danger – but his greatest nemesis may have been the man who created him, Arthur Conan Doyle. Exasperated by his brainchild’s overwhelming popularity, the weary scribe groused, ”I think of slaying Holmes… and winding him up for good and all. He takes my mind from better things.”

Doyle tried to kill off his cash-cow on at least one occasion but the great detective had the last word, maintaining a firm grip on our imagination decades after other seemingly invincible literary characters dropped down the memory hole – perhaps because Holmes is far more mysterious than any mystery he himself might have
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Ethan Hawke Wants to Find His ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’ Moment

Ethan Hawke Wants to Find His ‘Star Wars’ or ‘Lord of the Rings’ Moment
It’s not rare at all for Ethan Hawke to have three or four projects on screens in a given year. The four-time Oscar-nominated star of films like “Training Day” and “Boyhood” works. Hard. He chalks it up to perhaps not being as comfortable in his own skin as other people are, but whatever the reason, his output is perennially considerable, and impressive.

This year the 47-year-old actor appears in Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed” (May 18) and Jesse Peretz’s “Juliet, Naked” (Aug. 17). Meanwhile, Sundance Selects will release his third directorial effort, “Blaze,” later in the fall. But while Hawke has clearly covered a lot of ground in a 30-year career dating back to the formative experience of Peter Weir’s “Dead Poets Society,” there are still a few stones left unturned.

“One thing I haven’t been able to do that I really thought I would have been able to do is,
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The Man Who Would Be King

A long-cherished project of director John Huston, this memorable Rudyard Kipling adaptation finally came together with Sean Connery and Michael Caine on location in Morocco and Marrakech. Christopher Plummer, playing Kipling, immersed himself in every recording and picture of the novelist he could find. In the end Connery and Caine had to sue the overextended major-studio-wannabe Allied Artists for their percentages. A long-awaited Blu-ray is on its way from Warner Home Video.
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Ridley Scott 'should be ashamed' of treatment of Kevin Spacey, says Bertolucci

The veteran director claims Scott should not have cut Spacey from All the Money in the World – and says he now wants to work with the disgraced actor

Bernardo Bertolucci has said that Ridley Scott “should be ashamed” over the decision to cut Kevin Spacey from his drama All the Money in the World.

Scott made the last-minute decision to remove Spacey from the completed film last autumn after the actor and former Old Vic artistic director was accused of sexual harassment and assault by a number of men. Spacey’s scenes were reshot at great expense, with Christopher Plummer replacing him in the role of billionaire J Paul Getty.
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Bernardo Bertolucci: Ridley Scott Should Be ‘Ashamed’ for Removing Kevin Spacey From ‘All the Money in the World’

Bernardo Bertolucci: Ridley Scott Should Be ‘Ashamed’ for Removing Kevin Spacey From ‘All the Money in the World’
Bernardo Bertolucci is known for courting controversy thanks to sexually explicit films such as “Last Tango in Paris,” and now the Italian director is making headlines for criticizing Ridley Scott for removing Kevin Spacey from his drama “All the Money in the World.” Speaking at the Bari International Film Festival (via Deadline), Bertolucci said Scott should be ashamed for his decision.

“When I learned that Ridley Scott had agreed to eliminate the scenes of ‘All the Money in the World’ in which Kevin Spacey was playing, I sent a message to editor Peter Scalia to tell Scott that he should be ashamed,” Bertolucci said. “And then I immediately wanted to make a film with Spacey.”

Bertolucci went on to clarify that he supports the #MeToo movement, and he even praised it for raising awareness about violence against women around the world.

Spacey was removed from Scott’s film and replaced
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Nantucket Film Festival: Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer Starrer Set as Opener

The Nantucket Film Festival has revealed the opening and closing night films for its 2018 edition and announced a number of other titles that will screen at the festival.

Sony Pictures Classics' Boundaries, written and directed by Shana Feste and starring Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer will open the festival. The comedy, about a single mom (Farmiga) forced to drive her estranged pot-dealing dad (Plummer) from Seattle to L.A. after he's kicked out of a retirement home, also features Bobby Cannavale, Peter Fonda, Christopher Lloyd and Kristen Schaal in its cast.

The festival will end with the Gilda Radner doc...
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Bernardo Bertolucci Scorns Ridley Scott for Replacing Kevin Spacey in ‘All the Money in the World’

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Bernardo Bertolucci Scorns Ridley Scott for Replacing Kevin Spacey in ‘All the Money in the World’
Last Tango in Paris” director Bernardo Bertolucci had harsh words for Ridley Scott this weekend, telling a crowd at the Bari International Film Festival that he thinks the “All the Money in the World” filmmaker “should be ashamed” for removing Kevin Spacey from the lead role.

While Bertolucci said he respects the #MeToo movement and the awareness of abuse that it has raised, he thinks that Scott gave in to industry demands by making a deal with TriStar Pictures to reshoot Spacey’s scenes as J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer replacing him in the role. The sudden reshoots just weeks away from release were announced after the Spacey cut of the film was pulled from the closing night of AFI Fest in the wake of sexual assault accusations against Spacey made by several men.

Also Read: Kevin Spacey Sexual Assault Case Under Review by La District Attorney

Since those accusations were made, with the first coming from actor Anthony Rapp, investigations have been opened against Spacey by law enforcement in Los Angeles and London. A confidential hotline was opened by the Old Vic Theater, which Spacey was the artistic director of for 11 years, to allow anyone with allegations of abuse by Spacey to step forward. Meanwhile, Netflix removed Spacey from their marquee series, “House of Cards,” with Robin Wright becoming the main character for the show’s final season later this year.

But as Spacey’s career has nosedived, Bertolucci said that after seeing Spacey get erased from “All the Money in the World” he “immediately wanted to make a film” with the actor.

Also Read: Kevin Spacey Foundation in UK Shuts Down After Sexual Assault Accusations

Bertolucci came scrutiny after footage leaked two years ago of a masterclass in which the director revealed that actress Maria Schneider had not been fully informed of crucial details in a scene in “Last Tango in Paris” where Marlon Brando’s character uses a stick of butter as a lubricant to simulate sex with Schneider. Before her death in 2011, Schneider said in an interview that she “felt humiliated and, to be honest, I felt a little raped, both by Marlon and by Bertolucci.”

Bertolucci has since defended himself, saying that aside from the butter, he knew about the violent nature of the rape scene. He continued to defend himself at the Bari Festival this weekend.

“On the set she was happy,” he said. “Do not believe on social media when they say it was rape: the butter scene was pure simulation.”

Read original story Bernardo Bertolucci Scorns Ridley Scott for Replacing Kevin Spacey in ‘All the Money in the World’ At TheWrap
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Bernardo Bertolucci Says Ridley Scott "Should Be Ashamed" for Replacing Kevin Spacey

Bernardo Bertolucci Says Ridley Scott
Bernardo Bertolucci criticized fellow filmmaker Ridley Scott's decision last year to replace Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World with Christopher Plummer after Spacey was accused of sexual assault by more than a dozen men.

During the world premiere of his restored film Last Tango in Paris on Saturday night at the Bari International Film Festival, Bertolucci had harsh words for Scott.

Bertolucci said that when he learned Scott had agreed to erase all of Spacey's scenes in the film, his first reaction was to message Scott's frequent editor Pietro Scalia, "to tell Scott that he should be ashamed,” said...
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Mark Wahlberg Says There's a 'Long Way to Go' for Equal Pay After Michelle Williams Controversy

Mark Wahlberg Says There's a 'Long Way to Go' for Equal Pay After Michelle Williams Controversy
Mark Wahlberg has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to fighting for financial parity in Hollywood, but he knows the industry still has a long way to go before women and men are paid equally.

“We want to continue to make sure that everybody feels that we’re having equal opportunity and equal pay for everybody,” the actor, 46, told Extra at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Last year, following backlash after it was revealed he earned nearly $1.5 million more for reshoots on the film All the Money in the World than his female costar Michelle Williams,
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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
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Trailer Watch: Vera Farmiga Reunites with Her Dad in Shana Feste’s “Boundaries”

“Boundaries”

A trailer has dropped for “Boundaries,” Shana Feste’s portrait of a complicated relationship between a daughter and father. Laura (Vera Farmiga) doesn’t see her dad (Christopher Plummer) as a faultless hero or an irredeemable villain — but he’s leaning towards the latter, which is why she’s trying to keep him out of her life.

The spot kicks off with Laura proudly telling her therapist about ignoring her estranged father’s call. But Laura’s struggle to maintain boundaries isn’t limited to her interactions with her dad — her therapist notices that she’s hiding a kitten in her purse. She’s already adopted far too many cats and dogs, but she can’t say no.

It’s only a matter of time before Laura answers her father’s call. He’s been kicked out of his nursing home for dealing pot and needs a place to stay.
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First trailer for Boundaries starring Vera Farmiga and Christopher Plummer

Following its world premiere at SXSW last month, Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the first trailer for writer-director Shana Feste’s upcoming comedy drama Boundaries which stars Vera Farmiga, Christopher Plummer, Lewis MacDougall, Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Schaal, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Fonda, and Dolly Wells; watch it here…

See Also: Exclusive Interview – Shana Feste, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Lewis MacDougall discuss Boundaries

The more Laura (Vera Farmiga) tries to set boundaries in her life, the faster those lines are crossed. Her 12-year-old son Henry (Lewis MacDougall) is in trouble again at school. Her own penchant for adopting stray dogs and cats threatens to overwhelm their Seattle home. And her phone keeps ringing with calls she refuses to pick up—from her estranged father Jack (Christopher Plummer). Maybe Jack will stick around. For Laura, the chance to accept, forgive, and heal will never go away.

Boundaries is set for release on June 22nd.
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10 Films Directed By Female Filmmakers You Can’t Miss This Summer Season

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Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.

This week, IndieWire will be rolling out our annual Summer Preview, including offerings that span genres, niche offerings for dedicated fans, a closer look at festival favorites finally headed to a theater near you, and plenty of special attention to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed summer movie-going season. Check back throughout the week for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up.

Today — a selection of features directed (or co-directed) by female filmmakers to get excited about seeing, including works from rising stars, indie favorites, and more.

Read More: Check out our entire Summer Preview right here

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When she was growing up, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s beloved mother Celia gave her two
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Newcomer Charlie Plummer Reveals the Surprising Way Oscar Winner Mark Rylance Inspired His Career

Newcomer Charlie Plummer Reveals the Surprising Way Oscar Winner Mark Rylance Inspired His Career
Charlie Plummer’s acting career is off to a solid start. He’s booked notable performances in buzzworthy films like All the Money in the World, and his new Indie, Lean on Pete — all thanks, in part, to a fateful theatrical experience featuring Oscar winner Mark Rylance.

“When I was about 12, I saw Mark Rylance do this play in New York City called Jerusalem and that really changed the game for me,” Plummer recalled to People of when he knew he wanted to act. “As soon as he came out on stage he was this other person, conveying so much with the smallest of movement.
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Christopher Plummer in Official Trailer for Road Trip Film 'Boundaries'

"Who are these people?" Sony Pictures Classics has released an official trailer for an amusing road trip film titled Boundaries, from writer/director Shana Feste. It just premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, and stars Christopher Plummer as Jack. The story follows Laura and her son Henry who are forced to drive Jack, her "estranged, pot-dealing, carefree father", across the country after he is kicked out of his nursing home. The film's cast includes Vera Farmiga as Laura, Lewis MacDougall as Henry, plus Christopher Lloyd, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Kristen Schaal, Bobby Cannavale, Peter Fonda, and Dolly Wells. I don't recall hearing much about this during the festival, but it does look like a fun road trip film. Always up for another kooky performance from Plummer, plus Vera Farmiga is always enjoyable to watch. Take a look. Here's the first official trailer for Shana Feste's Boundaries, direct from YouTube: Laura
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‘Baby Driver’ Honest Trailer Mocks Edgar Wright’s Portrait of a Nonchalant Criminal — Watch

‘Baby Driver’ Honest Trailer Mocks Edgar Wright’s Portrait of a Nonchalant Criminal — Watch
Three-time Oscar nominee “Baby Driver” received the dubious honor of an “Honest Trailers” parody. Tuesday’s four-minute montage teases writer-director Edgar Wright for laboring 22 years on what became his highest-grossing film ($227 million worldwide), and calls out his namesake hero (Ansel Elgort) for criminal oversights and “white-boy dancing.”

Narrator Jon Bailey is less playful when reminding viewers that action and music-infused plot also features “the creepy, bank-robbing ringleader Doc, who’s even more creepy because he’s played by a pre-scandal Kevin Spacey … who’s even more creepy because he carries around a little box of kids’ toys,” and professes to his decades-younger getaway driver, “You are my lucky charm.”

Spacey has been accused of sexual misconduct against 30-plus men and boys since late October, news that caused Ridley Scott to swap Spacey for Christopher Plummer in “All the Money in the World.” Plummer’s face is superimposed onto Spacey’s
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‘Boundaries’ Trailer: Christopher Plummer Wants to Drive Cross-Country With His Family (And Also Sell a Lot of Weed)

‘Boundaries’ Trailer: Christopher Plummer Wants to Drive Cross-Country With His Family (And Also Sell a Lot of Weed)
Talk about a road trip. “Country Strong” director Shana Feste is back on the big screen with a very funny, very personal slice of life that’s, well, literally sliced right from her own life.

In “Boundaries,” Vera Farmiga steps in as a Feste-surrogate (the film is loosely based on the filmmaker’s own family life and a trip she took with her dad back in the ’80s), who is forced to embark on a wacky road trip with her drug dealer dad Jack (Christopher Plummer). It already sounds ill-fated on paper — Jack has recently been kicked out of his nursing home for his bad behavior, and he’s hellbent on living it up while the family drives cross-country to deliver him to Farmiga’s sister, played by Kristen Schaal — but only gets more off-kilter as the wheels keep spinning.

The film also features “A Monster Calls” breakout Lewis MacDougall as Farmgia’s son,
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