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Toronto Film Review: ‘Vita & Virginia’

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Toronto Film Review: ‘Vita & Virginia’
One reason that the great Virginia Woolf has proven resistant to the flattening instincts of the straight-ahead, birth-to-death biopic to date is that there are so many ways into the story of her life, and each aspect seems to have its emblematic text. Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of “The Hours” with its focus on the restrictive social roles that women have historically been forced to play, took “Mrs. Dalloway” as its central motif. And now, Chanya Button’s “Vita & Virginia,” an exploration of Woolf’s (Elizabeth Debicki) 10-year, up-and-down affair with novelist and socialite Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton), loosely organizes itself around the writing of “Orlando,” a novel inspired by Sackville-West in which the title character, born a man, spontaneously changes sex at about 30 years of age.

As a partial glimpse at a multifaceted personality, Button and screenwriter Eileen Atkins, drawing sometimes over-literal inspiration from the letters the pair wrote to each other,
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‘The Crown’ Director Stephen Daldry Wins In Second Shot At Emmy

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‘The Crown’ Director Stephen Daldry Wins In Second Shot At Emmy
He wasn’t there to accept, but Stephen Daldry found the second time is the charm when it comes to victory at the Emmy awards.

Daldry won the Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series award for the Paterfamilias episode of the Netflix series The Crown, produced by Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television

The British director also has three Oscar nominations for Billy Elliot, The Hours, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.

It comes after he was beaten last year by The Handmaid Tale’s Reed Morano – a familiar tale for the Netflix drama, which lost out to the Hulu series in a number of key categories.

Paterfamilias was the ninth episode of season two; it centers around Prince Philip’s insistence that Prince Charles is set to Gordonstoun school in Scotland. Philip forces his son to go to the same school that he went to, bringing
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Emmy episode analysis: Ed Harris (‘Westworld’) questions his reality in ‘Vanishing Point’

Emmy episode analysis: Ed Harris (‘Westworld’) questions his reality in ‘Vanishing Point’
After missing the cut in the Drama Supporting Actor category last year, Ed Harris made the leap to Best Drama Actor and scored a deserved Emmy nomination for his performance as William on HBO’s “Westworld.” This is his third Emmy nomination after previous bids for the miniseries “Empire Falls” and “Game Change.” The actor is also a four-time Academy Award nominee thanks to his roles in “Apollo 13,” “The Truman Show,” “Pollock” and “The Hours.” He has submitted the episode “Vanishing Point” for Emmy consideration.

In “Vanishing Point,” William remembers a time when his wife Juliet (Sela Ward) was still alive. Juliet must be taken home after drinking too much at a party, and their daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) suggests that she return to rehab. As William tucks his wife into bed, she asks him to stop lying and tell her “one true thing.” He admits there is some type of “stain” within him,
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Nicole Kidman on Physical Transformation in ‘Destroyer': ‘It’s My Job to Push Through’ (Video)

Nicole Kidman on Physical Transformation in ‘Destroyer': ‘It’s My Job to Push Through’ (Video)
In the upcoming film “Destroyer,” Nicole Kidman is barely recognizable, donning prosthetics that change her nose and bone structure to play a Los Angeles cop traumatized by an undercover operation gone wrong. But Kidman told TheWrap she hopes her face doesn’t take the audience’s attention from her performance.

“As an actor, I’m so protective of my characters, so it hurts my feelings if the nose is…about that performance,” the actress said at the Toronto International Film Festival. “If it’s brought down to the physical, then I didn’t do my job properly.”

Kidman knows all too well how a physical attribute can cause a stir — having famously donned a bulbous prosthetic nose for her role as 20th-century author Virginia Woolf in the 2002 drama “The Hours.”

“It’s my job to push through all of that,” Kidman told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly.

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Tiff Review: ‘Destroyer’ is an Ambitiously Pitch-Black Showcase for Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman is relentless in the fascinating, ambitiously pitch-black, often off-putting police drama Destroyer. Karyn Kusama’s follow-up to the slow-burn horror gem The Invitation is a humorless, grim experience, one bursting with graphic violence and sun-soaked sadness. (It’s like season two of True Detective condensed to two hours.) Yet there are moments of great beauty and real power. And, above all else, there is a badge-wielding, pistol-whipping Kidman, unleashed and on fire.

There is no question who the title refers to—Kidman’s Erin Bell is a bruised, bruising force of destructive nature. An unwashed Lapd detective with a laundry list of enemies, she is both a tremendously frustrating character and a heartbreaking one. Bell’s first appearance is downright shocking; it’s not the first time the actress has dramatically changed her appearance onscreen—most famously, of course, was her Virginia Woolf in The Hours—but never has she disappeared so effectively.
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Months of Meryl: Evening (2007)

John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep.

#36 —Lila Ross, an old friend of a dying woman.

John: While Meryl Streep is fiercely protective of her and her family’s privacy, she made no secret about what she got her daughter Mamie Gummer for her 24th birthday: Lajos Koltai’s Evening. Adapted from Susan Minot’s 1998 novel by the author herself, along with writer Michael Cunningham (The Hours), Evening follows Vanessa Redgrave’s Ann, an elderly woman drifting in and out of consciousnesses on her deathbed as she recalls a distant memory from her long-ago youth. That memory stars Claire Danes as a twentysomething Ann on the day of her best friend Lila’s (Mamie Gummer) wedding to a man she does not love. Ann, Lila, and the latter’s brother Buddy (Hugh Dancy) are instead infatuated with Harris (Patrick Wilson), a strapping doctor that each
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Telluride Film Review: ‘The White Crow’

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Telluride Film Review: ‘The White Crow’
Why did world-famous Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defect? That’s the question I found myself Googling immediately after seeing Ralph Fiennes’ lovely, elegant, and curiously opaque “The White Crow,” an impressive, dance-heavy biopic which focuses on Nureyev’s childhood, training, and life-changing visit to Paris as part of the Kirov Ballet, culminating in his decision to seek asylum in France. For all its pleasures — among them generous helpings of dance and a true-life East-meets-West intrigue to rival fictive Cannes favorite “Cold War” — the film remains maddeningly ambiguous about his motives for cutting ties with the Soviet Union.

Of course, some things we can never know, although in this case, it feels like more of a creative choice than a historical one, leaving culture-savvy art-house audiences something to ponder after a classy — and respectfully sexy — night at the movies. Such crowds are presumably familiar with the reputation Nureyev made for himself over the subsequent decades,
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Telluride Film Review: Nicole Kidman in ‘Destroyer’

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Telluride Film Review: Nicole Kidman in ‘Destroyer’
Nothing Nicole Kidman has done in her career can prepare you for “Destroyer” — to the extent it’s easy to imagine someone wandering/tuning in to the film and watching for several minutes before realizing that the sunburnt piece of beef jerky up on screen is none other than the alabaster beauty from “BMX Bandits” and “Far and Away.” And that’s just the surface. “Destroyer” may as well be called “Nasty Woman: The Movie,” so committed is it to the idea of presenting a Don Siegel-style anti-hero who’s dirtier than Harry, deadlier than “The Killers.”

Going from fresh-faced FBI cadet to what looks like a roadie for the Rolling Stones, this is a transformation on par with Charlize Theron in “Monster” — not just in appearance, but in terms of her entire persona: the way her eyes move, like those of a skittish animal scanning the horizon for
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‘Destroyer’ Film Review: Nicole Kidman Is Repulsively Brilliant in Hardcore Action Flick

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‘Destroyer’ Film Review: Nicole Kidman Is Repulsively Brilliant in Hardcore Action Flick
It takes a lot of inner confidence to pull off what Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman have done with “Destroyer.” Here is the noir antihero that our current cinema has been longing for. The genre is traditionally an exclusive realm for steely male icons like Clint Eastwood or even Jamie Foxx in “Django Unchained” — but here’s a shatterproof hardcore woman hellbent on making things right once and for all.

When the film begins, Kidman’s Erin Bell is a wrecked woman, someone so repulsive to look at you have to turn away the moment she starts walking toward you. Part of that is the distinctive look the actress has adopted for the role: makeup and wig that makes her look like she’s slept in the desert in a sleeping bag, chewed on charcoal, and not taken a shower for two weeks. Or maybe she’s someone unable to kick a hardcore heroin addiction.
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After 5 Oscar chances and no wins, Experts predict Amy Adams won’t take a ‘Backseat’ as a supporting contender

After 5 Oscar chances and no wins, Experts predict Amy Adams won’t take a ‘Backseat’ as a supporting contender
Amy Adams is having a bit of moment, what with her openly raw and emotionally damaged journalist who is badgered by demons both present and past in HBO’s just-wrapped miniseries “Sharp Objects”? An Emmy may be lying in wait for her next year.

But right now, according to nine Gold Derby Experts, she could be gold-bound for another reason. Adams is the early frontrunner to claim an supporting Oscar for her characterization of Lynne Cheney, wife of Vice President Dick (Christian Bale), in Adam McKay’s “Backseat.” Presumably, this portrait of George W. Bush’s powerful second-in-command might mingle the humorous with the serious, much as McKay did with his snappy take on the financial crisis, 2015’s “The Big Short.”

Backseat” will most likely be kept under wraps until it opens in December. That four Experts have picked Adams to triumph might have something to do with early photos
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Encore: Jeff Daniels On ‘Godless’, ‘The Looming Tower’ And His Message To Trump: “Be Prepared To Duck, Orange Man”

Encore: Jeff Daniels On ‘Godless’, ‘The Looming Tower’ And His Message To Trump: “Be Prepared To Duck, Orange Man”
Editor’s note: This story originally ran on May 14. With one Emmy and five nominations to date, Jeff Daniels will compete this year in both Lead and Supporting Categories with roles in two acclaimed series, Hulu’s The Looming Tower and Netflix original Western Godless.

Jeff Daniels could be taking it easy. The Emmy Award-winning, and Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Tony Award-nominated actor could be still coasting on the success of his turn as the lead of Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom, which came to an end in 2014, and which felt like the gilded cherry atop a career cake that has encompassed everything from The Purple Rose of Cairo to Dumb and Dumber, The Hours, Good Night, and Good Luck and The Squid and the Whale.

But this year has been amongst Daniels’ most productive, starting with a barnstorming performance as the villainous outlaw Frank Griffin, the antagonist
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Ewan McGregor isn’t aware of any plans for an Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars spinoff

In the lead up to the release of this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, it was reported on multiple occasions that Disney and Lucasfilm were working on an Obi-Wan Kenobi Anthology movie.

Last August, it was revealed that Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry was in talks to write and potentially direct the Obi-Wan film, while earlier this year rumours suggested that the movie was actually in pre-production and would start shooting in April 2019 after Star Wars: Episode IX wraps production.

However, in the wake of Solo’s box office failure, Disney and Lucasfilm are reportedly taking stock of their Star Wars plans, and while it has been said that the spinoff is still in the works – potentially for Disney’s upcoming streaming service – it appears this is news to Obi-Wan himself, Ewan McGregor.

“I would totally do it, of course,” said McGregor, speaking to The Express during an interview
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Sony Classics Snaps Up North America & Key Markets On Ralph Fiennes’ Rudolf Nureyev Drama ‘The White Crow’

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Exclusive: Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North America and key markets on Ralph FiennesRudolf Nureyev pic The White Crow from HanWay Films.

The prestige label has also taken Latin America, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and Benelux.

Inspired by the book Rudolf Nureyev: The Life by Julie Kavanaugh, the drama charts the iconic dancer’s famed defection from the Soviet Union to the West in 1961, despite Kgb efforts to stop him. Fiennes directs from a script by David Hare (The Hours). The anticipated drama is still in the running for an autumn festival berth.

Acclaimed dancer Oleg Ivenko stars as Nureyev, alongside Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Color) as Clara Saint, and Fiennes as Russian ballet coach Alexander Pushkin. Also featured are ballet-world enfant terrible Sergei Polunin, Chulpan Khamatova, Olivier Rabourdin, Raphaël Personnaz and Louis Hofmann.

The deal was negotiated between Spc and Gabrielle Stewart for HanWay.
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"Interview" - Enter Nicole Kidman

Sneak Peek actress Nicole Kidman ("Aquaman") posing for "Interview" magazine, photographed by Yu Tsai:

Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm", followed by performances in "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992) and "Batman Forever" (1995).

Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...

...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.

Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999), "The Others" (2001), "Cold Mountain
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Emmys: Will overdue Jeremy Podeswa (‘Game of Thrones’) finally win for directing Season 7 finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’?

Emmys: Will overdue Jeremy Podeswa (‘Game of Thrones’) finally win for directing Season 7 finale ‘The Dragon and the Wolf’?
Will director Jeremy Podeswa finally win his first Emmy Award this year for helming the Season 7 finale of “Game of Thrones,” “The Dragon and the Wolf”? (Read our recap of the episode.) This marks Podeswa’s fourth career Emmy nomination following bids for the “Game of Thrones” episode “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” (2015), the “Boardwalk Empire” episode “Anastasia” (2011) and “Part Eight” of “The Pacific” (2010).

TV academy members may feel that it’s time the overdue director received recognition for his more than two decades of television work. After all, Podeswa’s filmography reads like a list of the Emmys’ favorite TV shows, including “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “True Detective,” “The Walking Dead,” “American Horror Story,” “Homeland,” “Dexter” and “Six Feet Under.”

SEE2018 Emmy nominations complete list: All the nominees for the 70th Emmy Awards

In this year’s Emmy race for Best Drama Directing Podeswa faces off against the following competitors:

*Kari Skogland
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It’s Here! The First Trailer For James Wan’s ‘Aquaman’

“Permission to come aboard?”

As part of their huge Hall H San Diego Comic-Con panel, Warner Bros. Pictures has unleashed the very first trailer for Aquaman – and it looks superb.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, Aquaman starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, a fierce warrior and Aquaman’s ally throughout his journey; Oscar nominee Willem Dafoe as Vulko, council to the Atlantean throne; Patrick Wilson as Orm/Ocean Master, the present King of
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San Diego Comic Con 2018 – Warner Bros. Pictures Unveils Aquaman, Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters, Shazam! And Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald Trailers

Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in Warner Bros. Pictures’ fantasy adventure “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. © 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Movie fans in Hall H at Saturday’s San Diego Comic-Con 2018 got a spectacular first look at the brand new trailers for Warner Bros. Pictures’ Aquaman, Godzilla II: King Of The Monsters, Shazam! and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

Check out the previews now and get ready for one awesome, fun time at the movies.

Aquaman

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role.

The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to
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Comic-Con 2018: Watch the Official Trailer for James Wan’s Aquaman

During their massive Hall H panel in San Diego, Warner Bros. took attendees to the underwater realm of Atlantis with the unveiling of their official trailer for James Wan's Aquaman, and now the trailer has been released online, giving viewers around the world a look at the upcoming superhero film starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Willem Dafoe:

"From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be…a king.

The film also stars Amber Heard as Mera, a
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First ‘Aquaman’ Trailer Dives Headfirst Into Sdcc

Warner Bros. and DC have continued to deliver the goods Saturday at San Diego Comic-con. Earlier we got our first teaser for the upcoming comedic superhero film Shazam! and just hours later, DC drops the first trailer for Aquaman, as promised by Aquaman star Jason Momoa.

After many months of being hush-hush about the film, Warner Bros. along with the cast of Aquaman made a splash by releasing an epic trailer during a panel in Hall H Saturday afternoon. The trailer displays a very gladiator-esque underwater adventure from director James Wan.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him
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Aquaman Teaser Sends Jason Momoa Over a Cliff

Aquaman Teaser Sends Jason Momoa Over a Cliff
Jason Momoa is here to hype up the release of the Aquaman trailer tomorrow. It would have been unthinkable a decade ago, but the Aquaman movie is easily one of the most anticipated movies of the year and the impending arrival of the first footage has fanboys and fangirls feeling very impatient. Could this really be the hero that the DC movie universe needs right now? One thing's for sure; Jason Momoa is having himself an awful lot of fun with it.

The former Game of Thrones star turned future king of Atlantis has shared a video of himself in his home state of Hawaii overlooking the ocean from a beautiful vantage point on a cliff. The actor thanks his fans for the support and for the experience he's had over the course of the last year. He then says he's got something special coming and, to get it, he
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