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Jessica Chastain Insists That 'Change Is Coming' During Powerful Psiff Awards Speech

Jessica Chastain Insists That 'Change Is Coming' During Powerful Psiff Awards Speech
Jessica Chastain is looking to shake things up in 2018.

At Tuesday night's 29th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala, the Molly's Game star was presented with the Chairman’s Award by the film's director, Aaron Sorkin, and used her acceptance speech to deliver a powerful message about change.

“I want to acknowledge what a difficult year 2017 has been for all of us,” she said, calling out the need for diversity in Hollywood. “Major change is coming. Change is good. Change is needed. Through a joint effort we will make things better. We must be better -- and we will.”

Chastain went on to acknowledge those that are doing good in the industry. "We have sadly heard a lot about the bad boys of Hollywood, but I would like to send some deserved love to a few of the good guys with whom I've had the pleasure of working," she said, before
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Jessica Chastain at Palm Springs Film Festival Opening Gala: ‘Major Change Is Coming’

Jessica Chastain at Palm Springs Film Festival Opening Gala: ‘Major Change Is Coming’
“Emotion has become the new punk.”

Those prophetic and poetic words, spoken by Guillermo del Toro, resonated loudly with the Hollywood heavyweights and cinema aficionados gathered inside the Palm Springs Convention Center Tuesday eve for the 29th annual Palm Springs Film Festival opening night gala, considered a plum stop on the Oscar season trail.

The Shape of Water” director, who along with Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Doug Jones, Alexandre Desplat and J. Miles Dale, were recipients of the gala’s Vanguard Award celebrating the fantastical, ethereal drama, spoke candidly and eloquently about the confounding and anxiety-inducing state of political affairs in the world.

“Art works at its best when it’s closest to failure,” he told the crowd of “Water,” a film that struggled to gain traction in the studio system and that for a long time nobody wanted to make. “There was no reason for this movie to work at all except for faith
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Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch

Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch
In this edition of Career Watch we take on Judi Dench, who at 83 is a full-on movie star and could earn her eighth Oscar nomination for the title role in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul.”

Bottom Line: Dame Judi Dench far prefers theater (it offers more control than director-centric moviemaking), but she’s also a marquee draw in TV and movies. She’s always stellar no matter the material (see: “The Chronicles of Reddick”), and she’s a real draw for (older) moviegoers, from two-hander “Notes on a Scandal” opposite Cate Blanchett to Dench’s other franchise, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Career Peaks: Forty years after her stage debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic, Dench broke out in 1997 in “Mrs Brown” as Queen Victoria, earning her first Oscar nomination. (She notoriously claimed that she had Harvey Weinstein’s name “tattooed on my bum, which I hadn’t. I
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Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch

Judi Dench Could Nab an Oscar Nod for Playing Queen Victoria, Again: Career Watch
In this edition of Career Watch we take on Judi Dench, who at 83 is a full-on movie star and could earn her eighth Oscar nomination for the title role in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul.”

Bottom Line: Dame Judi Dench far prefers theater (it offers more control than director-centric moviemaking), but she’s also a marquee draw in TV and movies. She’s always stellar no matter the material (see: “The Chronicles of Reddick”), and she’s a real draw for (older) moviegoers, from two-hander “Notes on a Scandal” opposite Cate Blanchett to Dench’s other franchise, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Career Peaks: Forty years after her stage debut as Ophelia at the Old Vic, Dench broke out in 1997 in “Mrs Brown” as Queen Victoria, earning her first Oscar nomination. (She notoriously claimed that she had Harvey Weinstein’s name “tattooed on my bum, which I hadn’t. I
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Dick Enberg Dies; Hall Of Fame Sportscaster & SoCal Legend Known For “Oh My” Was 82

Dick Enberg, a Hall of Fame broadcaster, died today at his La Jolla, Ca. home, according to his family. He was 82 years old. If you grew up watching National Football League games, the passing of Enberg is a real mortality check. His pairing on games with Merlin Olsen didn’t get as much attention as, say,the CBS team of John Madden and the late Pat Summerall. But Enberg brought an ease of vocal delivery and lent an authoritative feeling in his play-by-play work that…
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'Shakespeare in Love' Director on Harvey Weinstein: "It's About an Abuse of Power"

'Shakespeare in Love' Director on Harvey Weinstein:
British director John Madden has joined the chorus of industry figures condemning Harvey Weinstein, telling THR in an exclusive interview that the mogul "is a disgraced figure and, by his own acknowledgment, he’s brought this on himself.”

Speaking to THR at the Mumbai Film Festival, he said that Weinstein “craved power and had power and, as we now know, he was using it in ways that are repugnant and should be utterly condemned."

Madden had a long association with Weinstein, starting with his first film, 1993’s Ethan Frome, which was picked up for distribution by Miramax, then led...
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Harvey Weinstein Stripped of Academy Membership

Harvey Weinstein Stripped of Academy Membership
The Board of Directors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has stripped disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of his membership in the organization.

The move comes after a New York Times report that alleged decades of sexual misbehavior by Weinstein, and a New Yorker story that brought more disturbing details to light, including allegations of rape. Further accusations surfaced throughout the week.

In its statement, the Academy emphasized that its decision was about more than just Weinstein.

“We [have voted to expel Weinstein] not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the statement reads.

As Academy standards go, it was a very swift response. But it leaves the question of other members like Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby, whose behavior
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Mumbai Festival to Honor Monica Bellucci

Mumbai Festival to Honor Monica Bellucci
The Mumbai film festival will honor Italian actress Monica Bellucci with a special award. The festival will screen “On The Milky Road” and “Irreversible” as part of a retrospective.

The 19th edition of the festival will open with Anurag Kashyap’s “The Brawler.” The film premiered at Toronto and will play at the London and Busan fests.

The films in the international competition for debutant directors are all in the middle of their global festival runs. They include three that bowed at Cannes – Rungano Nyoni’s “I’m Not a Witch,” Leonor Serraille’s “Montparnasse Bienvenue” and Atsuko Hirayanagi’s “Oh Lucy!”; two that opened at Sundance – John Trengrove’s “The Wound,” and Jonathan Olshefski’s “Quest”; two that bowed at SXSW – Ana Asensio’s “Most Beautiful Island,” and Samir Oliveros’ “Bad Luck Goat”; and Dan Kokotajlo’s “Apostasy” that bowed at Toronto; Onur Seylak’s “Daha” at Karlovy Vary; Ana Urushadze’s “Scary Mother” at Locarno
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'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Director John Madden to Head Mumbai Film Fest Jury

'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' Director John Madden to Head Mumbai Film Fest Jury
British director John Madden, whose credits include crossover hits The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its sequel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, will head up this year's international jury at the Mumbai Film Festival.

Madden, who received an Oscar nomination for best director for his helming of 1998 best picture winner Shakespeare in Love, recently directed the political thriller Miss Sloane starring Jessica Chastain.

Joining Madden on the Mumbai jury are Mexican cinematographer Alexis Zabe (Silver Light), Chinese-American actress Celina Jade (Wolf Warriors 2), Indian actress-director Konkona Sensharma (Death in the Gunj) and Argentinian writer-director Santiago Mitre (The Summit).

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Stephen Frears interview: Victoria And Abdul

Ben Mortimer Sep 14, 2017

Director Stephen Frears chat to us about British cinema, Victoria & Abdul, and directing Dame Judi Dench...

Arriving in cinemas tomorrow is Victoria & Abdul, a film that tells a previously little-known story of a friendship between Queen Victoria and a man called Abdul towards the end of her life. It's a thematic follow on from director John Madden's Mrs Brown, and this story is directed by Stephen Frears. He took some time out to chat to us abou tit...

You spent the whole day talking about the film. One of the things I’m sure you’ve been asked, and I apologise for asking it, but I think the answer may inform where the rest of this interview goes. There’s an obvious similarity, particularly with casting, to Mrs Brown.

Yeah.

What was it you felt you could do differently?

Didn’t think about it.

You completely
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Movie Review – Victoria and Abdul (2017)

Victoria And Abdul, 2017.

Directed by Stephen Frears

Starring Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Eddie Izzard, Tim Piggott-Smith, Michael Gambon, and Olivia Williams.

Synopsis:

Queen Victoria is in her declining years when she forms a close friendship with Abdul Karim, a clerk from Agra in India. As well as being her confidante, he becomes her advisor, teaching her about the Koran and to speak Urdu – much to the consternation of her courtiers and the Prince Of Wales.

Are we in the midst of Queen Victoria madness? As her younger self has her mettle tested as a monarch and a mother on Sunday night television, her final years come to the big screen this week, as portrayed by Dame Judi Dench.

It’s not, of course, the first time she’s played the monarch in her post-Albert years. In John Madden’s Mrs Brown (1997) she was shown forming an attachment to Billy Connolly’s John Brown,
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Exclusive Interview – Director John Madden on Miss Sloane, feminist filmmaking and more

Alex Moreland chats with director John Madden about his latest film, Miss Sloane (slight spoilers throughout)…

So, let’s talk about Miss Sloane. It’s a very dialogue heavy movie, which is in turn realised by the performances – where do you see your directorial voice shine through?

Well, it’s an interesting challenge to film, because it’s a thriller, I suppose if you’re going to try and look for a genre to place it in, with a very unusual profile that you just referenced, which is that it’s profile is very verbal – which I thought was a challenge in and of itself. It’s about competing political narratives, which sounds dry as a bone, but it’s anything but dry as a bone when you experience it. I think arguments well deployed and articulacy is not necessarily an enemy of cinema. The particular challenge for me was
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Venice: Frears, Dench, Izzard, and Bollywood Star Ali Fazal Talk ‘Victoria & Abdul’

Venice: Frears, Dench, Izzard, and Bollywood Star Ali Fazal Talk ‘Victoria & Abdul’
Venice, Italy — British director Stephen Frears, Dame Judi Dench, actor-comedian Eddie Izzard and Bollywood star Ali Fazal largely steered clear of playing up the present-day relevance of period piece “Victoria & Abdul” – which addresses the real-life friendship between Queen Victoria and a young Indian Muslim clerk – at the film’s Venice press conference Sunday.

Frears is being awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award in Venice, where “Victoria & Abdul” premieres Sunday evening out of competition.

Asked about how he mined the story’s humor, Frears responded: “It was always meant to be funny. I thought to myself: What film would Donald Trump most like to see?” Frears paused, then said: “It’s quite irreverent, isn’t it? I hope it is!”

Frears, who was nearly monosyllabic throughout the press conference, was subsequently asked whether he intended the pic to say something about relations between Western society and the Muslim world. “Of course it’s relevant.
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New to Streaming: ‘The Lovers,’ ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Person to Person,’ ‘Obit,’ and More

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.

City of Tiny Lights (Pete Travis)

Small-time private detective Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) has all the swagger of a hard-boiled snoop: leather jacket on his shoulders and cigarette in his mouth, leaning against London architecture in the darkened night. His office resides above some shops, he makes friendly with local convenience store owner Mrs. Elbaz (Myriam Acharki), and asks new clients where they found him because he’s not advertising in the paper.
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BBC Commissions TV Drama ‘Diana & I’ on Death of Princess Diana

BBC Two has commissioned one-off feature-length drama “Diana & I,” from BAFTA-winning writer Jeremy Brock and Oscar-nominated director Peter Cattaneo. The fictional TV drama will explore the impact of the death of Princess Diana from the point of view of four ordinary people, whose stories intersect, during the week following her death in 1997.

“I wanted to explore the lives of four ordinary people and how they internalized their memories of Diana in the aftermath of her death,” said Brock. “The week following her fatal car crash was a week like no other before. It catapulted many of us into emotional states we rarely visit, leaving us open to new insights and new experiences.”

Tamsin Greig, Nico Mirallegro, Kiran Sonia Sawar and Laurie Davidson are set to star. Gemma Jones, Neil Morrissey, Tuppence Middleton, Charlotte Hope, Asif Khan, Kingsley Ben-Adir, John Gordon Sinclair and Roshan Seth will also feature.

Brock said the film would be a “celebration of what
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Miss Sloane review

Jessica Chastain headlines Miss Sloane, which will hopefully make more of a splash in the UK than it made in the Us...

The Us release of Miss Sloane came in the same month as the 2016 presidential election finally came to pass, and perhaps it's only down to a general exasperation with politics that it has been so overlooked. The absurdity of the news has only been compounded over the six months that it's taken to arrive in UK cinemas, but it's testament to how well executed the film is that this story of corruption and skullduggery in Washington DC still seems remarkable.

The film centres on Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), a ruthless lobbyist who has been hauled in to plead the Fifth in front of an ethics committee (chaired by John Lithgow's pompous senator), and the three months that led to these proceedings. Miss Sloane has quite the reputation in Washington,
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Jessica Chastain: 'We need more female film critics. 90% are male' - video

Political thriller Miss Sloane stars Jessica Chastain as a cutthroat DC lobbyist who faces off against the Us gun lobby. Here director John Madden discusses why the film’s story is likely to divide America, while Chastain questions the gender imbalance in the film industry in both directorial and critical roles, and reveals why she is so fond of playing trailblazers and outcasts

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Exclusive Interview: Director John Madden on Miss Sloane

Freda Cooper chats with Miss Sloane director John Madden

Elizabeth Sloane lives and breathes politics. Miss Sloane the film seems to attract them like a magnet. It premiered in America just after the Presidential Election and arrives in the UK this week in the middle of our own General Election campaign.

The film’s director, John Madden, spoke exclusively to Freda Cooper about its reception in the States, why Jessica Chastain was his first and only choice for the title role and the growth in female-centric films.

The script for Miss Sloane came from a first-timer, Jonathan Perera, who’s an ex-attorney. How did you come across it?

It was literally almost an unsolicited manuscript. He wrote the script absolutely outside the context of the industry. He had no connection with the industry, no representation, and he was prompted by an article that said the Weinstein Company was developing a film on the gun issue.
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Movie Review – Miss Sloane (2016)

Miss Sloane, 2016.

Directed by John Madden.

Starring Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Lithgow, Jake Lacy and Sam Waterston.

Synopsis:

Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is the most in-demand political lobbyist in Washington DC. Famous for her ruthless cunning, she’s poached from a large agency by a smaller one, headed Rodolfo Schmidt (Mark Strong) to oppose an initiative she would have been advocating had she stayed with her previous company. She takes the brightest members of her team with her and gets working on a plan that soon has her opponents on the run. Until they decide to fight dirty.

Politics and Miss Sloane seem to go hand in hand. Opening in the States just a few days after the Presidential election had a dramatic effect on the film’s box office – and not good one. Director John Madden openly acknowledges that what would have been its natural audience
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Exclusive: Director John Madden on his captivating drama Miss Sloane

Author: Stefan Pape

Having been fortunate enough to sit down and spend some time with the wonderful Jessica Chastain, to celebrate the release of the pertinent courtroom drama Miss Sloane, we then chatted to the man at the helm, John Madden.

Madde, fresh off the back of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel franchise, has turned his attentions to the American political system, and in particular, the nation’s relationship with gun control. The film has naturally, given its relevance, attracted much publicity, and we asked the filmmaker on his thoughts about making a film that is sparking debate.

Madden, who comes from Britain, also tells us why he feels coming at this narrative from an outside perspective was effective, while he went on to speak about America’s relationship with ambitious women, another theme explored within this indelible drama. Finally we ask about the licence taken with this endeavour, as despite being steeped in realism,
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