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‘Beautiful Boy’ Has Best-Ever Opening for Amazon Distribution, While Netflix Tests the Waters

‘Beautiful Boy’ Has Best-Ever Opening for Amazon Distribution, While Netflix Tests the Waters
Beautiful Boy” did well in its initial four theaters. A heavy drug-addiction drama based on a pair of father-son memoirs is a breakout for Amazon, which has been trying to gain traction as a film distributor. Three significant Netflix films also made limited theatrical debuts this weekend: “22 July,” “The Kindergarten Teacher,” and “Apostle.” Grosses are largely hidden, per the usual Netflix affront to transparency, but we have a small indication of their draw.

The biggest-ticket Netflix item is “22 July” from Paul Greengrass, a retelling of a recent horrific massacre by a Norwegian right-wing youth. Greengrass has had a string of well-regarded studio films including two “Bourne” episodes, “United 93,” and “Captain Phillips,” and he is one of the highest-profile directors to go the Netflix route.

It had the top playoff of the three titles; one ticket-selling site lists 29 locations, including Landmark and some other independent theaters. The reserved-ticket presale site
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The Netflix Original The Kindergarten Teacher Is An Uncomfortable Dramatic Feat. One Minute Movie Review

The Kindergarten Teacher is the latest Netflix original drama and stars Maggie Gyllenhaal. She plays a Kindergarten teacher who discovers one of her students is a gifted poet. Her fascination soon becomes an unhealthy obsession that send her life down the wrong path. But is this Netflix original a solid addition to the streaming service’s mediocre library of originals or does it stand above the rest?

Watch the 60-second review from One Minute Critic:

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Says #MeToo & Time’s Up Gave Her The Confidence To Direct Her First Film

While a lot of the awards buzz right now seems to be focused on those films that just hit theaters or played at the major fall film festivals, we can’t forget some of those gems from earlier in the year that still should be recognized. One of those is “The Kindergarten Teacher.” The drama stars Maggie Gyllenhaal, in a truly great performance, as the titular educator that takes an interest in a young student that could very well be a poetry prodigy.

Continue reading Maggie Gyllenhaal Says #MeToo & Time’s Up Gave Her The Confidence To Direct Her First Film at The Playlist.
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‘The Kindergarten Teacher’: Maggie Gyllenhaal Peaks in Poetry Prodigy Drama

‘The Kindergarten Teacher’: Maggie Gyllenhaal Peaks in Poetry Prodigy Drama
The uncommonly adventurous Maggie Gyllenhaal hits a new career peak with The Kindergarten Teacher, compelling us to understand a woman who maybe doesn’t understand herself. That’s an apt description of her Lisa Spinelli, a Staten Island wife and mother who’s been teaching kindergarten for 20 years — the kind of person whose soft voice barely disguises the fact that she’s screaming inside. Lisa has dreams of being a poet, an artistic calling whose wheels have come off as the culture dives further into digital, short-attention-span freefall. She has
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New to Streaming: ‘Sorry to Bother You,’ ‘Apostle,’ ’22 July,’ ‘The Kindergarten Teacher,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

22 July (Paul Greengrass))

Paul Greengrass, director of United 93 and Bloody Sunday, returns to the realm of the “too soon?” with 22 July, a clichéd and rather problematic film–with a frankly reprehensible first act–that dramatizes the attacks in Oslo on that awful day in 2011 when 77 people, mainly at the Utøya island youth camp, were murdered by a nationalist gunman named Anders Behring Breivik. – Rory O. (full review)

Where to Stream: Netflix

Apostle (Gareth Evans))

Coming off of the success of The Raid: Redemption and its sequel, The Raid 2, the anticipated path for Welsh director Gareth Evans may not have been a horror film by way of 70s cult thrillers.
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The Kindergarten Teacher: is this Maggie Gyllenhaal's finest performance to date?

In Netflix’s troubling psychodrama, the award-winning actor shows off her uncanny ability to play a fascinating anti-heroine

Famously boozy and bought-off, the Golden Globe awards ceremony is not a place you traditionally turn for lucid insights on art and the state of the industry. Yet on winning one three years ago, for her performance in the BBC’s The Honourable Woman, Maggie Gyllenhaal managed one. Eschewing the usual long list of thank-yous, she instead launched into a tidy dismantling of strained Hollywood cliches about “powerful women” – ones she had presumably heard a lot in response to her garlanded role as a high-powered businesswoman and life peer mired in personal and political crisis.

Related: The Kindergarten Teacher review - brilliantly observed ethical pretzel about a poetically gifted kid
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Superhero Bits: ‘Lego DC Super-Villains’ Launch Trailer, SAG Investigating ‘Joker’ Set Incident & More

Superhero Bits: ‘Lego DC Super-Villains’ Launch Trailer, SAG Investigating ‘Joker’ Set Incident & More
Did Gotham almost turn another character into Harley Quinn? How were the season premiere ratings for The Flash and Black Lightning? Who does the Kraven the Hunter writer want to see direct the movie? What did Maggie Gyllenhaal think the first time he saw Heath Ledger shooting The Dark Knight? What scene got cut from […]

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The Dark Knight’s Maggie Gyllenhaal Recalls Her First Time Seeing Heath Ledger’s Joker

When Heath Ledger was first cast to play the Joker in 2008’s The Dark Knight, few anticipated the indelible mark the late actor would make on the history of comic book cinema. In fact, it wasn’t until co-star Maggie Gyllenhaal had an up-close encounter with the Clown Prince of Crime on the set of Christopher Nolan’s film that she really got a sense of the sinister screen presence she was dealing with.

In an interview on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, the actress known for playing Rachel Dawes was asked about her favorite memory of working with Ledger, prompting the star to recall the first time she saw the actor’s manic, Academy Award-winning performance.

“I remember coming to work and seeing him – that scene where the Joker throws me off a roof – and seeing him come in and start to do what he was doing,
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Lena Dunham Says This Guy Was Taylor Swift’s Worst Boyfriend (Video)

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Lena Dunham Says This Guy Was Taylor Swift’s Worst Boyfriend (Video)
Taylor Swift has dated several famous men in the past, but friend Lena Dunham says one guy was the worst of them all.

During her appearance on “Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen,” the actress played a game of Plead the Fifth when she received a question from her former “Girls” costar Andrew Rannells. She was asked to reveal her least favorite of Swift’s boyfriends — while sitting next to Maggie Gyllenhaal, the sister of one of Swift’s ex-boyfriends, Jake Gyllenhaal.

“Choose your gentleman carefully,” Cohen warned.

Also Read: Lena Dunham Posts Nude Selfie to 'Celebrate' 9-Month Anniversary of Her Hysterectomy

“I want to do right by her on this question — and I’m also proud, because I haven’t pled the fifth on any of these and I think that makes me some kind of champion!” Dunham said. “My least favorite was Calvin Harris, because I felt
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‘Beautiful Boy’ Film Review: Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell Shine in Harrowing Look at Addiction

‘Beautiful Boy’ Film Review: Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell Shine in Harrowing Look at Addiction
Belgian director Felix van Groeningen is not a man for half measures. He makes big, sprawling, emotional films, and the latest example is “Beautiful Boy,” which had its world premiere at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The film is adapted from the twin memoirs by veteran journalist David Sheff and his son Nic, both of whom documented the drug addiction that gripped Nic in his teenage years and nearly destroyed the family.

Van Groeningen may not be an obvious choice for a drama set mostly in California, but he has definitely demonstrated an aplomb with stories of family calamity — and “Beautiful Boy” is family calamity writ large, a harrowing and horrifying exploration of the depths of addiction.

Also Read: 'The Kindergarten Teacher' Film Review: Maggie Gyllenhaal Blurs Boundaries as an Art-Obsessed Educator

It’s completely different in subject matter, but not dissimilar in approach to Van Groeningen’s best known movie,
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‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ Film Review: Maggie Gyllenhaal Blurs Boundaries as an Art-Obsessed Educator

  • The Wrap
Lisa Spinelli (Maggie Gyllenhaal) is a good person. She’s a loving mother, a caring wife, and, as the titular educator in “The Kindergarten Teacher,” a dedicated professional. She has endless patience for her students, even as she fills their juice cups up for the thousandth time.

And yet.

Who could fill a juice cup a thousand times, without going a little crazy? Watch her teenage children grow up and move on, without her heart breaking? Or look at her worn-out spouse and her worn-in Staten Island home, and not wish for more?

Watch Video: Maggie Gyllenhaal Teeters at Edge of Art and Madness as 'The Kindergarten Teacher' (Exclusive)

It’s clear early on in Sara Colangelo’s intently understated drama (premiering October 12 in limited release and on Netflix) that Lisa wants more. And all that dissatisfaction, that feeling that life is half over and she’s barely accomplished anything?
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Says Canceling ‘The Deuce’ After James Franco Accusations Is “The Wrong Consequence”

James Franco has been one of the more famous actors to get hit by #MeToo allegations. The exact nature of what he is accused of can be found in a variety of places, but needless to say, the things that Franco is alleged to have done are pretty horrible, and just recently, he had yet another allegation thrown at him from “Freaks and Geeks” co-star Busy Phillips.

Continue reading Maggie Gyllenhaal Says Canceling ‘The Deuce’ After James Franco Accusations Is “The Wrong Consequence” at The Playlist.
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Women in Entertainment Adds Unique Fireside Chats to 4th Annual Summit

Women In Entertainment (Wie) announced today Fireside Chats with icons to its fourth annual summit in Los Angeles, on October 11, 2018, at the Skirball Cultural Center.

Over the course of the day, Wie gathers some of the most creative game-changing minds in television, film, and sports for a series of powerful keynotes, thought-provoking panel discussions, and inspirational fireside chats. Founded by two innovative leaders in the entertainment and marketing worlds, Gretchen McCourt and Renee Rossi (Relativity Ventures), Wie is designed to address a range of pivotal and timely issues that affect women. Topics to include: the rise of women’s leadership, addressing our evolving world in the wake of the Me Too movement, how storytelling can impact social change, and empowering the next generation of extraordinary women creatives.

This year’s Wie Summit will be led by a keynote from Geena Davis. Fireside Chats will feature intimate sit-downs with a number
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Maggie Gyllenhaal: ‘The Deuce’ Should Not Be Shut Down Over James Franco Misconduct Allegations

Maggie Gyllenhaal: ‘The Deuce’ Should Not Be Shut Down Over James Franco Misconduct Allegations
Maggie Gyllenhaal, a producer and star of The Deuce, HBO’s gritty dramatic examination of misogyny, sexual violence and exploitation in the grimy Times Square of the 1970s, says shutting down the show in response to misconduct allegations against co-star James Franco would be “the opposite of the right thing to do.”

The Deuce, Gyllenhaal told SiriusXM radio host Sway Calloway yesterday (hear it above), is “about transactional sex. It’s about inequality in the entertainment business. You couldn’t be more at the center of that conversation than The Deuce.”

Gyllenhaal was not specifically addressing charges made by actress Busy Philipps about being thrown to the ground by Franco after she gently punched him in the chest, as directed, on the set of the 1999-2000 series Freaks & Geeks. After Calloway mentioned the allegation, Gyllenhaal said that sexual misconduct allegations made against Franco earlier this year prompted her, as a Deuce producer,
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Maggie Gyllenhaal on How 'The Deuce' Handled James Franco Claims

As a producer on HBO's The Deuce, star Maggie Gyllenhaal has said that she felt it was her job to personally speak with both James Franco and the women who work on the porn industry drama's set after sexual misconduct allegations were leveled against Franco earlier this year.

After shedding some light on how the series handled the claims while heading into its second season (which is currently airing), Gyllenhaal is now elaborating further on how the Franco situation was dealt with behind the scenes.

"We took the allegations really seriously — learned everything we could about them,...
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Video: Sara Colangelo’s The Kindergarten Teacher | 2018 Sundance Film Festival

Vaguely familiar in its form, it was a definite case of deja vu as I’ve assisted at both world premiere screenings for the 2014 original (which preemed at Cannes – see video) and the remake. The former version via Nadav Lapid had an immensely satisfying politicized subtext, while the later in Sara Colangelo‘s version of The Kindergarten Teacher, we have a layered characterization of a women (brilliantly invested perf from actress Maggie Gyllenhaal) that arrives distilled, and sprouts into some psychologically advanced terrain. We knew Colangelo had a confident skilled hand, but this sophomore film is a drastic improvement on her imperfect Little Accidents.…
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Maggie Gyllenhaal on How #MeToo Is Pushing Women to No Longer Compromise on Set

Maggie Gyllenhaal on How #MeToo Is Pushing Women to No Longer Compromise on Set
Maggie Gyllenhaal on Saturday at The New Yorker Festival described how the current climate has pushed her to take risks with her roles, both on- and off-camera.

On television, Gyllenhaal is starring in the second season of HBO's The Deuce as Eileen "Candy" Merrell, a call girl turned adult film director. In her new movie, the Netflix thriller The Kindergarten Teacher, she plays a teacher who develops an obsession with one of her young poetry students. Gyllenhaal is a producer on both projects and next up, she plans to make her directorial debut on a film adaptation ...
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‘The Deuce’ Recap: Dreams Deferred

‘The Deuce’ Recap: Dreams Deferred
A review of “All You’ll Be Eating Is Cannibals,” this week’s episode of The Deuce, coming up just as soon as I get you a Whitman Sampler and a puppy…

“There is nothing about me that belongs to me. It all belongs to him!” -Lori

Midway through “All You’ll Be Eating Is Cannibals,” Candy and Jocelyn discuss the flaws in the script for Red Hot, which is meant to be a film about female desire but gives the guy (or wolf) all the best lines. “She’s gotta realize,
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Mill Valley Fest Pays Tribute to Joel Edgerton’ ‘Boy Erased,’ Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ and Others

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Mill Valley Fest Pays Tribute to Joel Edgerton’ ‘Boy Erased,’ Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Roma’ and Others
Wildlife

Directed by Paul Dano

The directorial debut of prolific actor Dano, “Wildlife” centers on a 1960s Montana couple (Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal) who’ve reached a turning point in their marriage. The emotionally complex narrative pivots on how their 14-year-old son, played by Ed Oxenbould, processes the changes in the dynamics of his parents’ relationship. “It’s a family portrait,” says Dano. He hopes that “people will see a piece of themselves in the film. The more personal something is to someone, the more universal it becomes. It’s always about making a connection.”

Boy Erased

Directed by Joel Edgerton

Adapted for the screen, co-starring, and directed by eclectic talent Edgerton (“The Gift”), the provocative drama “Boy Erased,” which played Toronto, takes a devastating and impactful look at the controversial practice of gay-conversion therapy, and the perilous effects it has on one individual and his deeply religious Christain family.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal to make her directorial debut with The Lost Daughter

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The Dark Knight and The Honourable Woman actress Maggie Gyllenhaal is set to make her directorial debut after she and Pie Films recently acquired the film rights to author Elena Ferrante’s novel, The Lost Daughter. In addition to directing the feature-length adaptation, Gyllenhall will also write the screenplay, as well as produce alongside Pie Films' Talia Kleinhendler and…
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