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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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Glenne Headly, Star of 'Dick Tracy' and 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,' Dead at 63

Glenne Headly, Star of 'Dick Tracy' and 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,' Dead at 63
TV and film star Glenne Headly died on Thursday at the age of 63, Et can confirm. No cause of death was provided.

"It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly," her reps said in a statement. "We ask that her family's privacy be respected in this difficult time."

Headly was best known for her work in the films Dick Tracy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mr. Holland's Opus. In 1989, she was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the TV miniseries Lonesome Dove, and again in 1996 for the Showtime film adaptation of Bastard Out of Carolina. Other credits include Mortal Thoughts, 2 Days in the Valley, ER, The Night Of and Monk.

At the time of her death, the New London, Connecticut, native was working opposite Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson on Future Man, a Hulu comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.

Hutcherson reacted to the tragic news on Instagram, penning a beautiful
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Glenne Headly, 'Dick Tracy' Actress, Dead at 62

Glenne Headly, 'Dick Tracy' Actress, Dead at 62
Glenne Headly, star of films like Dick Tracy, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Mr. Holland's Opus, died Thursday night at the age of 62. The actress died from complications of a pulmonary embolism, her husband Bryan McColloch told the New York Times.

Headly's representative confirmed the actress' death to Deadline. "It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly," the rep said. "We ask that her family's privacy be respected in this difficult time."

At the time of her death, Headly was co-starring alongside Josh Hutcherson and Ed Begley Jr.
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Glenne Headly Dead at 63; TV Roles Included Monk, ER, Lonesome Dove

Glenne Headly Dead at 63; TV Roles Included Monk, ER, Lonesome Dove
Two-time Emmy nominee Glenne Headly died on Thursday at age 63. A cause of death was not immediately determined.

“It is with deep sorrow that we confirm the passing of Glenne Headly,” her reps said in a statement to our sister site Deadline. “We ask that her family’s privacy be respected in this difficult time.”

An original member of the Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble, the actress’ early stage credits included Off Broadway’s Extremities and The Philanthropist.

On TV, Headly earned her first Emmy nomination for playing Elmira Boot Johnson in 1989’s Lonesome Dove miniseries; her second came with Showtime’s
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Watch: Anjelica Huston Talks Buzzy New Memoir 'A Story Lately Told' on Charlie Rose, Review Roundup

Watch: Anjelica Huston Talks Buzzy New Memoir 'A Story Lately Told' on Charlie Rose, Review Roundup
With "Smash" behind her, Anjelica Huston is free to do press rounds for her new memoir, "A Story Lately Told." In the book she dishes on her childhood growing up in Ireland, her famous philandering director father John, how she coped with her mother's death in a car crash, and her experience meeting her half-brother Danny when he was already two years old. Huston invited CBS to her ranch in Northern California, where she rides horses (watch it here). On Charlie Rose (watch below), she credits "charming" Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter with pressuring her to write the book. A second book is in the works, with more challenging material for her to grapple with. Why? "More of the people are alive," she tells Rose, asserting that she has no intention of hurting anyone.I met Huston in Cannes in 1996 when she was promoting "Bastard Out of Carolina," her excellent
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Morning Brew - Mon. Nov. 26: Lindsay Lohan on her relationship with Sam Ronson, lesbian Republicans in "The New York Times"

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Good morning! I hope you all had a nice long weekend.

Lindsay Lohan spoke with Us Weekly about her relationship with Samantha Ronson.

Two toxic people cannot be together. End of story. We’re friends now. That’s how it started so I think that’s how it was meant to be. I was bold enough to say, "Yeah I like a girl. And?" That put her in a situation where she was being attacked every day. That’s not fair. And what am I left with? Heartbreak. That was three years ago. It was my last serious relationship.

"Didn't we almost have it all?"

Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty

And now Britney Spears' "Toxic" is in my head.

Calgary Stampeder Jon Cornish has two moms, and one of them is an Anglican priest. Pretty rad.

Jeanette Winterson wrote about
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Jena Malone in the running for Johanna Mason in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' -- Exclusive

Jena Malone in the running for Johanna Mason in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' -- Exclusive
Actress Jena Malone (Sucker Punch) is in the running for the pivotal role of strong-willed tribute Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, EW has learned exclusively.

The character is described in author Suzanne Collins’ bestseller as possessing “a wicked ability to murder,” winning her Hunger Games by pretending to be weak and then picking off the other tributes. One open question about the character is whether director Francis Lawrence will keep Johanna’s introduction from the book, in which she first meets heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) naked — save for her green slippers.

Malone began her acting career
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Jena Malone will play author Carson McCullers in "Lonely Hunter"

Carson McCullers is a literary icon, an author whose work was important for many reasons, but largely because she was a great storyteller about the South. Her novels, short stories and plays have inspired many of today's contemporary writers, and she was also the inspiration for a play about her that Suzanne Vega put on in New York this past year.

Now she'll be immortalized on screen by Jena Malone in the biopic Lonely Hunter.

Deborah Kampmeier, who was behind Virgin and Hound Dog, will be directing and producing the film which was written by lesbian activist, professor and writer Sarah Schulman (The Owls). Sarah's description of the film is as follows

The story of Carson McCullers — 1940's southern author of Heart Is A Lonely Hunter and Member of the Wedding — and her two tumultuous marriages to the same man. Best friend of Tennessee Williams, mentor of Truman Capote, roommate of Gypsy Rose Lee,
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Jena Malone Joins Lonely Hunter

Jena Malone Joins Lonely Hunter
Writer/Director/Producer Deborah Kampmeier and Producer Troy Johanson of Full Moon Films announced today that Jena Malone will portray Southern gothic writer Carson McCullers in Lonely Hunter, the feature film based on her life story. A wild woman who transgressed gender laws and the color bar searching to understand her own mysterious passions, McCullers is the author of the classic novels "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" and "The Member of the Wedding." Deborah Kampmeier will direct, as well as produce the film with Johanson and Blair Breard. Abigail Disney of Fork Films will executive produce. A shoot is scheduled for Spring 2012. Additional casting is under way.

An actress and musician, Jena Malone made her film debut in Bastard Out of Carolina. She garnered an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance for her performance. Since then she
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Jena Malone to Play Carson McCullers in Lonely Hunter

Writer/director/producer Deborah Kampmeier and producer Troy Johanson of Full Moon Films announced today that Jena Malone will portray Southern gothic writer Carson McCullers in Lonely Hunter , the feature film based on her life story. A wild woman who transgressed gender laws and the color bar searching to understand her own mysterious passions, McCullers is the author of the classic novels "The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" and "The Member of the Wedding." Deborah Kampmeier will direct, as well as produce the film with Johanson and Blair Breard. Abigail Disney of Fork Films will executive produce. A shoot is scheduled for the spring of 2012. Additional casting is under way. An actress and musician, Jena Malone made her film debut in Bastard Out of Carolina ....
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Anjelica Huston: 'I find extreme characters irresistible'

Her father was scary. Vincent Gallo got vicious. And Jack Nicholson taught her never to give a brown present. Anjelica Huston tells John Patterson about a life among Hollywood royalty

The last time I met Anjelica Huston was six or seven years ago in a luxury oceanfront hotel in Venice, California. It was windy and cold, Huston was still a smoker – we talked outside in the wind while she lit up like a naughty schoolgirl. Today, it's a blisteringly hot day, she's an enviably youthful 60, an ex-smoker now, sitting in the lounge of the luxury hotel next door, before a gigantic cinemascope window affording guests a million-dollar view of the Pacific, which looks seriously tempting in today's heat.

"I went in the ocean this year, the day after my birthday," she tells me as we watch the breakers gently roll in, "and it was actually really nice. It's like the Eiffel Tower is for Parisians,
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Cannonball Read III Presents: Summer Reads

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A couple of weeks ago, I sent the following message to this year's Cannonballers:

Now that summer is here (yes, I know not technically, but as far as I'm concerned summer begins when June does), I am thinking that it would be good to have a theme for some of the Cbr posts this summer: Summer Reads. I don't know about you, but summer vacations-especially when I go to the beach-are when I have some of my best opportunities to finally make a dent in my reading list. And I often make a trip to the library before heading out on vacation. I'd like to be able to give the Pajibans a bunch of recommendations as they may be looking to add to their summer reading lists.

Of course to do this, I need your help. I would like you to send me links to any reviews you've written for
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Meg Ryan To Direct Into The Beautiful, Trailer Hits For When Harry Met Sally 2?

No-one can be entirely sure how, when or why things went wrong for Meg Ryan; however, since 1998’s often parodied You’ve Got Mail in which she and Tom Hanks failed to relive the magic of the identically themed- but infinitely better written- Sleepless in Seattle, her output has degraded to the point of insignificance. For over ten years, Ryan has produced an endless stream of indistinct, fluffy, saccharine romantic comedies, coupled with the occasional generic aberration to which absolutely no one paid attention.

So after years of embarrassment- coupled with international mockery for her performance on Parkinson and increasing resemblance to Mickey Rourke- at her own irrelevance in front of the camera, she is set to make her debut behind it with Into The Beautiful.

Described by the film’s producers as, “a contemporary Big Chill with longtime friends reconnecting,” it sounds like exactly the sort of piece
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Exclusive Q&A: Rocket Woman Jena Malone

Jena Malone plays Rocket, part of a sisterhood of young women who hatch an escape plan from an asylum in Zack Snyder's hyperreal spectacle "Sucker Punch." Ever since her heralded film debut in 1996's "Bastard Out of Carolina," Malone has drawn comparisons to Jodie Foster in mostly indie-type roles in films like "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" (co-starring Foster), "Saved" and "Donnie Darko" -- and she even played a younger version of Foster's character in "Contact."

Now the 26-year-old has "womaned up" for her butt-kicking role in "Sucker Punch," which shows a new side of this versatile actress. We sat down with Malone and talked about her transformation into tough cookie and what she and Ice Cube now have in common.

This is the first time that you have played with guns and kicked ass on-screen. Was that an easy transition for you after so many indie films?
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Precious little sense on racism | Nicolaus Mills

Oscar nominations for Precious and The Blind Side seem to have increased nonsensical attacks that the films are racist

As someone who did voter registration in the South during the 1960s, I am dismayed at the negative criticism now being voiced against two films, Precious and The Blind Side, that deal with the problems of growing up as a black person in America. The multiple Oscar nominations that both films have received have, if anything, increased the attacks on them.

Sadly, the attacks represent a racial step backwards rather than forward. If such criticism had been heeded in the 1960s, when "We Shall Overcome" was the anthem of the civil rights movement, it would have been fatal to a political movement that depended on black-white alliances for its successes.

The boldest civil rights undertaking of the era, the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964, in which white and black college students ran
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