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Everything L.A. Actors Need to Know This Week 3/8-3/14

Whether a film screening is more your speed this week or you’re energized to meet your next creative partner, break out your calendars. See a few timely flicks, learn a new way you may be able to get funding for a project or make sure you’re making the most of your self-tapes. Even though it seems impossible to cram one more thing into your already-packed schedule, these events will help inspire and move you forward towards your goals. Draw some parallels between film and sports.Celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 with a screening of “Battle of the Sexes,” starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone followed by a panel discussing not only the film but also the role of women in sports. Although it may not seem directly tied to the entertainment industry, the issues that face powerful females in both realms aren’t that different. There’s much to be gained,
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Where Art Thou? A look at 2018’s forgotten Oscar contenders

Matt Rodgers on 2018’s forgotten Oscar contenders…

As Jimmy Kimmel steps out onto the Dolby Theatre stage to deliver his introduction to the 90th Academy Awards, spare a thought for those who still have their pre-ordered tuxedo hanging in the closet, or that dress they’d practiced the red carpet walk in still tagged for return, because while Guillermo and Greta needn’t have worried about their invites, they’ll be a roll-call of talent who were signposted for greatness, before scandal and the sands-of-time caused them to be forgotten.

Last year was the turn of Amy Adams, snubbed for a Best Actress nom with Arrival, or the controversy of Sundance record-breaker, Birth of a Nation, which saw it go from ballyhooed contender to forgotten failure. It happens every year, and 2018 is no different. So come with us as we open the rusted gold envelope labeled the Best Also-Rans of
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2018 Athena List Announced

The 2018 Athena Film Festival (Aff) is in full swing. Last night’s opening film, Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes,” was followed by a Q&A with Billie Jean King herself. The biopic sees Emma Stone playing King as she preps for her legendary 1973 tennis match against former Wimbledon champ and proud chauvinist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell). The dramedy offers a refreshing — and all-too-rare — look at a female leader. To help ensure that more of these kinds of stories are told, Aff highlights three to five screenplays about strong female protagonists that have yet to be made into films.

Launched in 2014, The Athena List attempts to remedy the dearth of female characters and misconceptions about female-led films. A committee of industry professionals chooses which titles will be recognized. Among this year’s judges were “The Good Lie” screenwriter Margaret Nagle, “East Los High” producer Maurício Mota,
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Athena Film Fest Adds To Its Lineup: “Mankiller,” “Battle of the Sexes,” and Stem Panel

“Mankiller”: Wilma Mankiller Foundation

The Athena Film Festival (Aff) has announced more of its 2018 lineup. Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s “Battle of the Sexes,” a biopic about the famous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, will serve as the fest’s opener. King is set to participate in a post-screening conversation. Best Picture nominee “The Post” will be the closing night film. The drama follows Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and her decision of whether or not to publish the Pentagon Papers.

Athena’s centerpiece film will be “Mankiller,” Valerie Red-Horse Mohl’s documentary about legendary activist Wilma Mankiller. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Red-Horse Mohl, exec producer Gale Anne Hurd, and Gloria Steinem. Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday will moderate.

The festival will also host a special presentation of “UnREAL’s” third season premiere. Series star Shiri Appleby, showrunner/Ep,
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Athena Film Festival Adds 'UnREAL' Season 3 Premiere and Panel (Exclusive)

The Athena Film Festival features screenings and panels of the upcoming season premiere of Lifetime's UnREAL, Battle of the Sexes and The Post.

The annual Barnard College showcase of female leadership in film and TV will kick off with a daytime screening of the third season premiere of UnREAL on Thursday, Feb. 22, followed by a panel discussion with star Shiri Appleby, showrunner Stacy Rukeyser and co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro.

That night, the festival will screen Battle of the Sexes as its opening night film. The movie, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, centers around the landmark tennis match...
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Athena Film Festival Adds 'UnREAL' Season 3 Premiere and Panel (Exclusive)

The Athena Film Festival features screenings and panels of the upcoming season premiere of Lifetime's UnREAL, Battle of the Sexes and The Post.

The annual Barnard College showcase of female leadership in film and TV will kick off with a daytime screening of the third season premiere of UnREAL on Thursday, Feb. 22, followed by a panel discussion with star Shiri Appleby, showrunner Stacy Rukeyser and co-creator Sarah Gertrude Shapiro.

That night, the festival will screen Battle of the Sexes as its opening night film. The movie, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, centers around the landmark tennis match...
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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Songwriters Sara Bareilles & Nicholas Britell On Percussive, “Fighting” Tribute To Billie Jean King

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Songwriters Sara Bareilles & Nicholas Britell On Percussive, “Fighting” Tribute To Billie Jean King
Receiving his first Oscar nomination this year for Moonlight, composer Nicholas Britell fulfilled yet another dream recently, teaming up with Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles on Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ Battle of the Sexes. Like Britell, Bareilles has found herself creatively stimulated in recent years, touring with new music, writing music and lyrics for the Broadway musical Waitress, in which she also starred, and now writing music for film…
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8 of This Year’s Best (and Award-Worthy) Film Moments

Good films contain moments of cinematic excellence, where writing, directing, design, and acting combine to create something far more brilliant than the sum of its parts. Great films are chock-full of such moments. We at Backstage have chosen our favorite scenes from our favorite titles of the year in an effort to answer the question: What makes a film award-worthy? The especially strong contenders of 2017 make highlighting just one snapshot of greatness difficult. As the new year kicks Oscar season into high gear, we’re reflecting on the singular moments that cemented these titles in our minds—and in the awards race. Billie Jean King takes a moment in “Battle of the Sexes”“Times change. You should know; you just changed them.” Sometimes a film’s line is written and delivered so well, it colors every scene that came before it—and every feeling you’ll have afterward. Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy
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The 13 Most Underrated Movies of 2017

The 13 Most Underrated Movies of 2017
If “Juno” had opened in 2017, would it still have been a box office hit? What about “Shakespeare in Love”? “Little Miss Sunshine”? “Slumdog Millionaire”?

To say that the state of independent films is at a crossroads is the understatement of the decade. The movie business has now become a tale of two audiences. There’s the tentpole blockbusters, like “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Wonder Woman,” which draw packed crowds at the multiplexes. And then there’s everything else.

For the last two years, even the month of December — a time when Oscar movies usually fare well — hasn’t necessarily been the most fertile ground for smaller movies. Blame the “Star Wars” franchise — the Disney blockbusters have become such Goliaths, they’ve put a dent in any title playing in a theater near them. That’s led to a pre-holiday lull for art-house movies, such as “The Darkest Hour” or “The Shape of Water” (both hovering
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New to Streaming: ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer,’ ‘It,’ ‘American Made,’ ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ 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.

American Made (Doug Liman)

Perhaps the most interesting thing about American Made is that Tom Cruise still has the clout to get something like it into theaters. Guided by his Edge of Tomorrow collaborator Doug Liman, we are told the impossibly true story of Barry Seal, a bored pilot who becomes a C.I.A.-funded drug smuggler and living embodiment of the Reagan era’s bullshit-tery. Taking structural cues from stuff like Goodfellas and Blow,
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How Sara Bareilles Captured Billie Jean King's Courage in Original 'Battle of the Sexes' Song

How Sara Bareilles Captured Billie Jean King's Courage in Original 'Battle of the Sexes' Song
"It was a little bit of a cosmic nod," says Sara Bareilles of how she came to write her song "If I Dare" for Fox Searchlight's Battle of the Sexes. Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who were in need of an original song for their finished biopic about Billie Jean King, happen to be the next-door neighbors of Jessie Nelson, Bareilles' writing partner on her Tony-nominated musical Waitress. "The universe was like, 'Hey! Take a look at this!' " Introductions were made and a screening was set.

Starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes focuses on...
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10 Cinematography Masters Who Love Celluloid, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Wonder Woman’

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10 Cinematography Masters Who Love Celluloid, from ‘Dunkirk’ to ‘Wonder Woman’
The romance with film turned a corner this year with the massive success of Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk.” The World War II actioner had the widest 70mm release in 25 years (125 prints, dominated by IMAX), grabbing $188 million domestically and $525 million worldwide. And the visual impact of the IMAX format was powerful in the best picture frontrunner. Whether by land, by air, or by sea, the imagery was immersive. That is why Dutch-Swedish cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema is the frontrunner in his race as well.

But the impact of film on the cinematography race doesn’t stop there. Also in strong contention are “The Beguiled,” “Call Me By Your Name,” “Wonder Struck,” and “Wonder Woman,” all period pieces shot in a variety of styles that particularly benefited from the texture and warmth of 35mm film. At the same time, “The Post,” “Murder on the Orient Express” (another 70mm spectacle), “The Florida Project,
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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors Say Movie About Much More Than A Tennis Match – The Contenders Video

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors Say Movie About Much More Than A Tennis Match – The Contenders Video
In 2015, when husband-and-wife directing team Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton came aboard Battle of the Sexes, the Fox Searchlight film about Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs’ iconic tennis match, they figured it was going to hit theaters at a very different time — perhaps when the first woman had been elected President of the United States. But as they told a packed audience of AMPAS and key guild voters at Deadline’s 7th annual The Contenders awards-season event last…
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The 10 Best Lgbtq Films of 2017, From ‘Call Me by Your Name’ to ‘Bpm’

The 10 Best Lgbtq Films of 2017, From ‘Call Me by Your Name’ to ‘Bpm’
In years past, Lgbt cinephiles counted themselves lucky for one decent movie with a queer storyline. Looking at the depth and breadth of Lgbt films to come out in 2017, it’s clear that “Moonlight” was just a harbinger of great things to come for queer cinema. With growing social acceptance comes increased funding for movies with queer themes, support for Lgbt-identified filmmakers, and less stigma around straight actors playing gay. This year brought a breakthrough performance from transgender actress Daniela Vega, saw A-lister Emma Stone play lesbian icon Billie Jean King, and a strong Oscar contender in Luca Guadagnino’s sumptuous “Call Me By Your Name.”

Read More:‘(Bpm) Beats Per Minute’ Is the Most Authentically Queer Film of the Awards Season

If 2017 is any indication, queer cinema continues to thrive, even if the world isn’t following suit. As awards season progresses, it’s looking more and more likely
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Review: Battle Of The Sexes (2017)

There are few feelings more fulfilling than watching a movie that unexpectedly stuns and entertains you. We go into so many films assuming this or that about them, but when a movie defies all expectation and delivers something remarkable or unforeseen, you really feel that this is why the cinema is such a place of wonder. In a year that already gave us Borg vs. McEnroe, this new tennis-based film looks back at a moment that sent reverberations throughout the sport’s history and instituted a social change. Battle of the Sexes looks back at the – now iconic – huge 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs and in doing so offers a film that is thrillingly timely and yet perfectly evocative of its era.

From Little Miss Sunshine directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, this film is a bio-sports drama but is as taken with its subjects off court as it is on.
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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Dp Linus Sandgren Courted ’70s American Cinema Styles In Filming Period Drama

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Dp Linus Sandgren Courted ’70s American Cinema Styles In Filming Period Drama
Coming off a triumphant year with an Oscar in hand for La La Land, Swedish cinematographer Linus Sandgren is back in awards contention this year with a very different project, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’ biographical drama Battle of the Sexes. Chronicling a historic moment in the world of tennis, in which world champion Billie Jean King faced off against self-styled chauvinist pig Bobby Riggs in a high-stakes match—setting a precedent for the way women would be…
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Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention

Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention
From Paul Thomas Anderson to Guillermo del Toro to Patty Jenkins, a wide variety of directors across genres are vying for attention this awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Phantom Thread

Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.

Darren Aronofsky

Mother!”

Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.

Sean Baker

The Florida Project

An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
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Battle of the Sexes Movie Review

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Battle of the Sexes Movie Review
Battle Of The Sexes Fox Searchlight Pictures Director: Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton Written by: Simon Beaufoy Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrew Riseborough, Natalie Morales, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming, Elisabeth Shue Screened at: Critics’ DVD, NYC, 11/13/17 Opens: September 29, 2017 Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s movie “Battle of the Sexes” has been […]

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‘Florida Project,’ ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was,’ ’Dive,’ Top Los Cabos

‘Florida Project,’ ‘Yesterday Wonder I Was,’ ’Dive,’ Top Los Cabos
Los Cabos, Mexico — Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project,” Gabriel Mariño’s “Yesterday Wonder I Was” and David Pablos’ “Dive” proved big winners at the 6th Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival on Saturday night which, graced by Nicole Kidman and Paul Schrader and in its first year under Hugo Villa, proved a dazzling platform for a new generation of Mexican talent, as TV and digital, as much as film, came to the fore in many new project unveils.

Nicole Kidman accepted an Outstanding Cinema Award at the beginning of Los Cabos’ awards gala ceremony.

Shot with an eye for eye-popping color by ace Mexican cinematographer Alexis Zabe (“Silent Light”), Baker’s latest take on America’s margins – here a hooker mother and six-year-old scam-artist daughter struggling to get by at roadside motel flophouse in the shadow of Disney World – was always a frontrunner in main competition, eventually taking its best picture plaudit and Pesos300,000 ($15,700) as a cash
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Los Cabos: 10 Key Points About 2017’s Festival

Los Cabos: 10 Key Points About 2017’s Festival
Mexico City — Launching in 2012, backed by industry heavyweights such as agent Micah Green and Mexican mogul Alex García, Los Cabos Intl. Film Festival was designed, in an inspired move, as a U.S., Mexico, Canada crossroads.

It has proved the right meet at the right time in the right place. Few film events anywhere in the world have grown so fast. Below, 10 key points about 2017’s Festival, which unspools Nov. 8-12 in Baja California:

1.More Fest, Same Basic Industry

The 6th Los Cabos Fest, the first under producer, line-producer and former film commissioner Hugo Villa, is certainly much more of a festival, adding a tribute to Paul Schrader, World Highlights, including a clutch of foreign-language Oscar front-runners, – Sebastian Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” Samuel Maoz’s “Foxtrot” – and American Specials. In one, Margot Robbie delivers a “delectable performance” as Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Variety wrote; it called Gillian Robespierre’s “Landline” “a lively
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