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‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’ Film Review: Doc Explores the Many Lives of the Actress-Activist

  • The Wrap
‘Jane Fonda in Five Acts’ Film Review: Doc Explores the Many Lives of the Actress-Activist
Jane Fonda in Five Acts” could easily have been a 10-hour miniseries; it would take at least two hours merely to go through each of her 50 or so film performances. As a second-generation star, an outspoken activist, an entrepreneur and feminist icon, Fonda almost seems like a living metaphor for the uneasy and constantly changing post-wwii era.

If she didn’t actually exist, Jane Wagner and Lily Tomlin would have had to make her up as a character in “The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.” But she does exist, and she’s still here, and documentarian Susan Lacy (“Spielberg”) digs deep into Fonda’s life to create a film (for HBO) that’s an audio-visual supplement to the actress’ fascinating 2005 memoir (“My Life So Far”), a frank examination of Fonda’s personal evolution, and a celebration of her role in popular culture.

It’s a story of highs and lows,
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Jane Fonda Recalls The Guilt She Felt After Her Mother's Suicide: 'You Always Think It Was Your Fault'

Actress Jane Fonda has always been candid about her complicated relationship with her dad, Henry Fonda. But in a revealing new interview, the 80-year-old star opened up about her mom Frances Ford Seymour's tragic 1950 suicide when Jane was just 12 years old. "If you have a parent who is not capable of showing up, not capable of reflecting you back through eyes of love, it has a big impact on your sense of self," Jane recently told Jess Cagle for PeopleTV of her mother's battle with bipolar disorder before her death. "As a child, you always think it was your fault… because the child can’t blame the adult, because they depend on the adult for survival. It takes a long time to get over the guilt," she continued. Jane's parents, Henry and Frances. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) After Frances passed away, her husband, Henry, told the couple's two children, Jane and Peter Fonda,
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Listen: Jane Fonda on Revealing Herself ‘Warts and All’ in New Documentary

  • Variety
Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, chats with Jane Fonda and director Susan Lacy ahead of the Sept. 24 release of their HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.”

Listen to this week’s podcast for free below and at Apple Podcasts:

Lacy says she had long admired the Academy Award winner, known for films like “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” and “On Golden Pond.” Lacy wanted to make a “portrait” of Fonda after reading her memoir, “My Life So Far,” and split the documentary into five parts to emphasize the influences on the woman who would become both a lauded actress and a controversial anti-war advocate. She said that in many ways, Fonda was defined by the men in
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Susan Lacy (‘Spielberg’ director) says the man behind the blockbusters is a more ‘personal filmmaker’ than he gets credit for [Exclusive Video Interview]

Susan Lacy (‘Spielberg’ director) says the man behind the blockbusters is a more ‘personal filmmaker’ than he gets credit for [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I never felt he really got the recognition for being what I call a personal filmmaker,” reveals “Spielberg” director Susan Lacy. As a documentarian, Lacy has always been fascinated by “that connection between the life and the work,” so in crafting this biographical look at Steven Spielberg‘s career, she “wanted to find Steven in those films that he’s made.” Now the HBO film has received an Emmy nomination for Best Documentary or Nonfiction Special. Watch our exclusive video interview with Lacy above.

See Steven Spielberg movies: Every film ranked from ‘Ready Player One’ director ranked from worst to best

While Lacy wouldn’t call Spielberg “an autobiographical filmmaker,” she believes “his choices are very personal to him.” Whether it’s blockbusters like “Jaws” (1975), “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981) and “E.T.” (1982), or historical dramas like “Schindler’s List” (1993), “Saving Private Ryan” (1998) and “Lincoln” (2012), “there are themes” that reoccur in his work,
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Jane Fonda, 79, Goes Unretouched on the Cover of Town & Country

Jane Fonda, 79, Goes Unretouched on the Cover of Town & Country
Earlier this year Helen Mirren, 72, appeared on the cover of Allure and pioneered a new way of embracing her age by urging people to stop using the term “anti-aging.” And now, Jane Fonda, is making an equally powerful statement by appearing on the cover of Town & Country completely unretouched.

The 79-year-old went all-natural for the November issue appearing on the black-and-white cover wearing a collared shirt, oversize earrings and a chainlink necklace.

Fonda has been a L’Oréal spokesperson since her first campaign in 2014 and just walked in the brand’s Paris show (alongside Mirren!). She’s been open and
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Antonio Banderas Questions His Faith in First Trailer For ‘Finding Altamira’

Sometimes, all it takes is something housed in a cave to stir up some serious controversy. The first trailer for the Antonio Banderas-led Finding Altamira has arrived, following an archaeologist (Banderas) in 1879 who stumbles upon paintings with his daughter in a cave in northern Spain that brings to question the current conceptions of faith and being.

These revelations — and the questions they bring with them — threaten to tear apart his familial life, as well as the world at large, as the understanding of wall paintings over 10,000 years old strike at the hearts and minds of the faithful. The film is directed by Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire), and also stars Rupert Everett, Irene Escolar, Tábata Cerezo, Javivi, and About Elly and Paterson‘s Golshifteh Farahani.

See the trailer below, along with the poster.

In 1879, Spanish archaeologist Marcelino (Banderas) and his daughter Maria (Allen) discover seemingly impossible paintings of galloping
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'Sons of Anarchy' wraps its series finale

'Sons of Anarchy' wraps its series finale
Well, the fates are decided: Sons of Anarchy has wrapped its final episode. Creator Kurt Sutter tweeted and Instagrammed a photo and thank you to mark the occasion on Oct. 30. The series finale will air Dec. 9. He also shared a photo of a helicopter used earlier in the day... And one showing a landscape. The question is, who's riding through it? We know Kim Coates (Tig) wrapped Oct. 29, thanks to this photo. No clothes no tears no cryin no fears.. Final selfie final day final ride come what may.. Bye kids bye Tig.. For Ever pic.twitter.com/JhJc3lHjwH
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Sir Denis Forman obituary

Dedicated chairman of Granada who championed high-quality popular TV

Sir Denis Forman, who has died aged 95, was a driving force in Granada TV, one of the leaders in the first batch of independent regional commercial television companies, from its beginnings in the mid-1950s through to his lengthy spell as chairman (1974-87). Though scarcely ever named as producer, he was directly responsible for many programmes and ran his favourite series as personal fiefdoms. His greatest achievement in this capacity was The Jewel in the Crown (1984), based upon the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott.

Forman threw himself headlong into many other enthusiasms, including atheism, battle drill, Mozart and Scottish country dancing. A large man in every sense, he was affable, eloquent and determined. At Granada's Manchester studios in the early days, the shortest path to lunchtime refreshment was barred by a waist-high wall. Forman would lead the way and, despite
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Sir Denis Forman obituary

Dedicated chairman of Granada who championed high-quality popular TV

Sir Denis Forman, who has died aged 95, was a driving force in Granada TV, one of the leaders in the first batch of independent regional commercial television companies, from its beginnings in the mid-1950s through to his lengthy spell as chairman (1974-87). Though scarcely ever named as producer, he was directly responsible for many programmes and ran his favourite series as personal fiefdoms. His greatest achievement in this capacity was The Jewel in the Crown (1984), based upon the Raj Quartet novels by Paul Scott.

Forman threw himself headlong into many other enthusiasms, including atheism, battle drill, Mozart and Scottish country dancing. A large man in every sense, he was affable, eloquent and determined. At Granada's Manchester studios in the early days, the shortest path to lunchtime refreshment was barred by a waist-high wall. Forman would lead the way and, despite
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sCare Foundation to Honor Malcolm McDowell with a Lifetime Achievement Award

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The sCare Foundation has announced that it will honor Malcolm McDowell with a Lifetime Achievement Award at its Halloween Benefit this weekend:

Los Angeles, CA — The sCare Foundation announced today it will honor legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, A Clockwork Orange) with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2nd Annual Halloween Benefit on October 28, 2012. The evening will be held at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, and will include great entertainment, a silent auction and plenty of exciting prizes. The evening will benefit the life-saving programs of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Project (http://hhyp.org/), as well as Safety Harbor Kids (http://www.safetyharborkids.org/).

“Malcolm is an amazing actor and true professional,” said sCare Foundation founder, Malek Akkad. “He’s always been an ardent supporter and we’re excited to be able to honor him in this way. Besides being one of our greatest actors,
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sCare Foundation to Honor Legendary Actor Malcolm McDowell with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award

The sCare Foundation announced today it will honor legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, A Clockwork Orange) with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at its 2nd Annual Halloween Benefit on October 28, 2012.

The evening will be held at the Conga Room at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles, and will include great entertainment, a silent auction and plenty of exciting prizes. The evening will benefit the life-saving programs of the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership, as well as Safety Harbor Kids.

“Malcolm is an amazing actor and true professional,” said sCare Foundation founder, Malek Akkad. “He’s always been an ardent supporter and we’re excited to be able to honor him in this way. Besides being one of our greatest actors, he has always shown unwavering support to our cause, and his generosity and compassion truly appreciated.”

Malcolm McDowell is arguably among the most dynamic and inventive of world-class actors,
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Jane Fonda: The Hollywood Interview

Jane Fonda Makes Her Peace

By Alex Simon

Over her more than fifty years on the screen and in the public eye, Jane Fonda has worn more hats than any performer of her generation: daughter of Hollywood royalty (Henry Fonda), Oscar-winning actress, polarizing activist, fitness guru, best-selling author, Broadway star, mother, grandmother and wife, to three of their respective generation’s most influential men (director Roger Vadim, activist/politician Tom Hayden, media titan Ted Turner). Now in her 74th year (she turns 75 in December), Jane Fonda graces the screen again in director Bruce Beresford’s “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding,” a generation gap comedy-drama about an uptight career woman (Catherine Keener) who, after leaving her husband, brings her two kids (Elizabeth Olsen and Nat Wolff) to Woodstock, New York where her estranged mother (Fonda), a former and current hippie, lives on a sprawling farm. Truth, reconciliations and laughter soon follow. The IFC Films release,
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Found joy in acting again, says Jane Fonda - Realbollywood.com News

Found joy in acting again, says Jane Fonda - Realbollywood.com News
London, May 24: Jane Fonda, who turns 75 this year, said that she was happy having found joy in acting again and wouldn't let anything slow her down.

The actress said that this happened while she was writing her memoirs, 'My Life So Far', that triggered her reawakening and to become a spokesperson for L'Oreal.

"I'm back to the feisty girl I was but now I embody her in a whole different way. I think I help women understand to get to know who they.
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Jane Fonda Is Way Hotter Than You, You And You

We couldn’t stop gawping at Jane Fonda in Harper’s Bazaar. She’s “73 and a half” years old, guys, and looks better than most people a good five decades younger. And if that dress looks familiar, it’s the same dotty Stella McCartney number Kate Winslet wore to the Mildred Pierce premiere a while ago. And even though we love us some Kate, we think that Jane is working it way better than she is. The sideboob isn’t putting us off either, and sideboob almost always puts us off.

She gives a great interview too especially about her personal life (she’s dating music producer Richard Perry), saying, “When I was researching myself, I wondered, is there a ‘there’ there? Or am I just a hollow person who gets filled up by whatever man I’m with? I’m fine with women. My problem is always with men — you know,
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Jane Fonda Claims QVC Cancelled Appearance Because of Her Politics

Jane Fonda Claims QVC Cancelled Appearance Because of Her Politics
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In a blog post that appeared this weekend on her personal website, actress and activist Jane Fonda claimed that home shopping channel QVC cancelled her scheduled appearance on the network due to her political views.

Fonda, 73, was set to discuss her recently-published book “Prime Time” on QVC this Saturday, but she says that the network uninvited her after customers called to complain.

QVC reportedly said in a statement that it had canceled Fonda’s appearance but did not say why.
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QVC Bans Jane Fonda From Promoting Her New Book

It's not like Jane Fonda was going to go on QVC to promote god-forbid feminist issues, she was going on QVC to promote her new book Prime Time: Love; Health; Sex; Fitness; Friendship; Spirit; Making the most of all of your life which comes out in early August. It's QVC's loss. She has track record for her books. She's a best-selling, number one author for her memoir My Life So Far (which if you haven't read you are missing something special) and she has sold millions of exercise videos and DVDs. But QVC cancelled her appearance one day before she…
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News: Jeanne Cooper Book, Sherwood's Letter, Mark Valley, Hunter Parrish

Date set for Jeanne Cooper's upcoming memoir

Not Young, Still Restless: My Life So Far is set to be published in March 2012. Cooper is co-writing with New York Times best-selling author Lindsay Harrison.

True Blood had over 6 million viewers on Sunday night.

The original airing had 5 million, then another 1.1 million at 11 p.m. for the repeat.

Check out the Glee: The 3D Concert Movie poster and images

Coming to theaters on August 19.

Read Sherwood Schwartz's Posthumous Farewell Letter to Family, Fans

The Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch creator penned the goodbye as an account of what he expected to encounter upon reaching “the Pearly Gates” of heaven. In it, Schwartz recalls the day he met wife Mildred, the goals achieved by each of his four children, as well as his own long and rewarding career.

7th Heaven's David Gallagher to play a Vampire Diaries werewolf

Gallagher will
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Natalie Portman, Colin Firth to Be Honored at 22nd Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala!

Colin Firth and Natalie Portman will be respectively presented the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Actor and Actress at the 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival. The Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.

This award is very fitting for both actors. Firth is receiving major Oscar buzz for his performance as King George VI in "The King's Speech," and Portman for Darren Aronofsky's "The Black Swan."

I'm excited for these two actors, and I'm excited for the Film fest. I'm a Palm Springs resident so this is good news! Here's the complete press release:

The 22nd annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) will present Colin Firth and Natalie Portman with the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Actor and Actress, respectively. Presented by Cartier, the Awards Gala will kick off the 2011 awards season on Saturday, January 8 at
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Absolut D'oh!

Absolut tries for an inspiring new viral ad...and promptly gets called out for aping a design master

Just a couple days ago, Absolut revealed its newest series of ads by Tbwa/Chiat/Day with the tagline "Doing something differently leads to something exceptional." Watch the spot, and it's kind of heartwarming--as Absolut is happy to write on its YouTube page, "A group of artists come together in locations around the world to create art pieces that spell out the philosophy of Absolut Vodka." Awww! But not so fast: Commentary about the ads--which are being flogged in a Facebook-based campaign, among other places--immediately pointed out the eerie similarity with a long-running project, "This I Have Learned in My Life So Far," by massively influential graphic designer Stegan Sagmeister:

But it doesn't quite end there: As a commenter on that video notes, the idea of bending unusual materials into the service
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Jane Fonda Feels Closer To Fans After Using The Internet

Jane Fonda says the internet has changed her life. The 71-year-old actress had barely used a computer before starting an online diary on her website, janefonda.com, but feels closer to her fans after giving them regular updates about her new Broadway play "33 Variations."

She said: "I thought it would be interesting to bring people through the process with me. I was a complete Luddite before. I only Googled for the first time this past summer."

"But this is a gratifying experience and I hear from all sorts of people, many of whom say they have left the theatre inspired by this play."

As well as embracing new technology, Jane is also reaching out to her fans by penning a follow-up to her 2005 autobiography 'My Life So Far'.
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