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Maggie Gyllenhaal (‘The Deuce’): A ‘magnetic pull’ towards playing prostitute Candy [Complete Interview Transcript]

Maggie Gyllenhaal (‘The Deuce’): A ‘magnetic pull’ towards playing prostitute Candy [Complete Interview Transcript]
Maggie Gyllenhaal has been nominated at the Emmy Awards before, but HBO’s “The Deuce” will be her first attempt for a regular series. Her previous nomination was in 2015 for the limited series “The Honourable Woman,” for which she won a Golden Globe. The Oscar-nominated actress is more known for her film career, including “Secretary,” “Sherrybaby” and “The Dark Knight.”

She recently joined Gold Derby senior editor Daniel Montgomery for a webchat discussing her starring role opposite James Franco as Candy, a prostitute in 1970s New York City struggling to get by. The character already put her in contention at the Golden Globes a few months ago. Watch our exclusive video with Gyllenhaal above and read the complete interview transcript below.

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Gold Derby: Maggie Gyllenhaal, you star in the series “The Deuce” as Candy,
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Tessa Thompson as a Correctional Officer in First Trailer for 'Furlough'

"I think it's best if we forget about this weekend..." A trailer has arrived for an indie film titled Furlough, which went under the working title Emergency Furlough while filming, made by director Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby). The film stars Tessa Thompson as a rookie correctional officer at a prisoner. She spends half of her time caring for her mother, played by Whoopi Goldberg, and working at the prison. She gets a chance to prove her mettle when she's tasked with accompanying a hell-raising inmate, played by Melissa Leo, on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother, ending up on a hilarious road trip together. The cast includes Anna Paquin, Édgar Ramírez, and La La Anthony. I haven't heard about this film before, but it looks good. It's more of a dramedy than a drama, but seems to have plenty of heart driving the story. Here's the first official trailer for Laurie Collyer's Furlough,
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Queen Latifah to Star in Make-a-Wish-Inspired Drama From Laurie Collyer

Latifah in “Star”: Fox

Queen Latifah is set to play a real-life fairy godmother. The Oscar-nominated actress has signed on to topline “Hope’s Wish,” an inspirational drama inspired by a real Make-a-Wish story. Laurie Collyer (“Sherrybaby,” “Sunlight Jr.”) will direct the film, according to Deadline.

An adaptation of Shelby and Stuart Stout’s 2008 book “Hope’s Wish: How One Girl’s Dream Made Others Come True,” the pic follows Hope Stout, a 12-year-old diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. She “sets out on a mission to fund the wishes of 155 other children with the help of dedicated Make-a-Wish Foundation executive Toni Dubois (Latifah) and the Charlotte [Nc] community,” the source summarizes. Diana Ossana (“Brokeback Mountain”) penned the script.

Slated to kick off production April 9, the project hails from Alcon Entertainment, Torridon/16:14, and Walden Media.

Latifah toplines “Star,” a musical drama currently in its second season on Fox. She was
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Queen Latifah to Star in Inspirational True-Life Drama ‘Hope’s Wish’

Queen Latifah to Star in Inspirational True-Life Drama ‘Hope’s Wish’
Queen Latifah will star in the inspirational true-life drama “Hope’s Wish.”

Production will start on April 9 in North Carolina.

Alcon Entertainment co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson made the announcement on Monday. Los Angeles-based finance and production company Torridon/16:14 will finance and produce with Alcon Entertainment, continuing the companies’ collaboration that began with “Blade Runner 2049.”

Walden Media is set to produce alongside Steven P. Wegner, and Val Hill and Yale Badik of Torridon/16:14. Alcon’s Kosove and Johnson will executive produce. The film will be released by Warner Bros. via Alcon’s output deal with the studio.

Laurie Collyer, whose credits include “Sherrybaby” and “Furlough,” will direct the film from screenwriter Diana Ossana (“Brokeback Mountain”), adapted from Stuart & Shelby Stout’s non-fiction “Hope’s Wish: How One Girl’s Dream Made Others Come True.”

“Hope’s Wish” is based on the true story of Hope Stout, a precocious
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Queen Latifah to star in 'Hope’s Wish' for Alcon

Queen Latifah to star in 'Hope’s Wish' for Alcon
Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) to direct.

Queen Latifah will star in the true-life drama Hope’s Wish for Alcon Entertainment, about a young girl with cancer whose last wish inspired a community.

Los Angeles-based finance and production company Torridon/16:14 will finance and produce with Alcon Entertainment following their partnership on Blade Runner 2049.

Laurie Collyer (Sherrybaby) will direct the film and production is scheduled to commence on April 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Diana Ossana adapted the screenplay from Stuart and Shelby Stout’s non-fiction book Hope’s Wish: How One Girl’s Dream Made Others Come True, about Hope Stout, a young girl who was diagnosed with bone cancer and asked for $1m be raised in a month to fund the wishes of all the children in the Make-a-Wish Foundation’s list for central and western North Carolina.

Walden Media will produce alongside Steven P. Wegner and Val Hill and Yale Badik of Torridon/16:14. Alcon co-founders and co-CEOs
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Queen Latifah to Star in Alcon Drama 'Hope's Wish' (Exclusive)

Queen Latifah to Star in Alcon Drama 'Hope's Wish' (Exclusive)
Queen Latifah has signed on to star in Hope’s Wish, an inspirational true-life drama from Alcon Entertainment.

Alcon is reuniting with Los Angeles-based finance and production company Torridon/16:14, with which it worked on Blade Runner 2049, to finance and produce the movie, which is scheduled to go before cameras April 9 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Laurie Collyer, who directed the Maggie Gyllenhaal drama Sherrybaby, will helm Wish, which has a script by Diana Ossana, who won an Oscar for writing Brokeback Mountain. The project adapts the non-fiction book Hope’s Wish: How One Girl’s Dream Made Others Come True by Stuart...
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Laurie Collyer’s Road Trip Movie Starring Tessa Thompson and Melissa Leo Secures Distribution

Thompson in “Westworld

IFC Films will steer U.S. and Canadian distribution of Laurie Collyer’s new road movie, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Led by rising star Tessa Thompson and Oscar winner Melissa Leo, “Furlough” co-stars Whoopi Goldberg and “True Blood” alumna Anna Paquin.

The comedy centers on a Thompson’s character, who is caring “for her aging mother while working at a jail,” THR details. “She gets assigned to accompany a rowdy prisoner (Leo) on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother, but the duo’s trip goes haywire.”

No word on when to expect “Furlough,” but THR notes that it’s completed.

Collyer’s previous credits include “Sunlight Jr.” and “Sherrybaby.”

Thompson stars in “Thor: Ragnarok,” which is in theaters now. “Westworld,” “Creed,” and “Selma” are among her other credits. Her upcoming projects include sci-fi flick “Annihilation,” which sees her heading on a mysterious expedition, and Nia DaCosta’s “Little Woods,
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IFC Nabs Melissa Leo, Tessa Thompson Comedy ‘Furlough’ (Exclusive)

IFC Nabs Melissa Leo, Tessa Thompson Comedy ‘Furlough’ (Exclusive)
IFC has nabbed U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to “Furlough,” a new comedy with Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Melissa Leo, Variety has learned.

Furlough” centers on a woman (Thompson) who lives with and cares for her aging mother (Goldberg), while working part-time at a jail. At work, she is given a chance to show off her abilities when she is assigned to accompany an unruly prisoner (Leo) on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother. The trip does not go as planned.

Furlough” was written by Barry Strugatz and directed by Laurie Collyer, who previously worked with IFC on “Sherrybaby,” a critical hit that starred Maggie Gyllenhaal. Leo, an Oscar-winner for “The Fighter,” is back in the awards race again with this year’s “Novitiate.” Goldberg won an Oscar for “Ghost” and currently co-hosts “The View.” Thompson recently appeared as Valkyrie in “Thor: Ragnarok.” Her credits include “Westworld,” “Creed,” and “Dear White People.
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Amblin Partners Taps Jeb Brody as Co-President of Production (Exclusive)

Amblin Partners Taps Jeb Brody as Co-President of Production (Exclusive)
Amblin Partners has enlisted Jeb Brody as its new co-president of production, Variety has learned.

In his new role, Brody will join Holly Bario in overseeing the company’s team of creative executives and will guide films produced under the company’s Amblin Entertainment and DreamWorks Pictures banners. Bario has risen through the ranks of Amblin since coming aboard in 2008. The pair will report to Chairman and CEO Steven Spielberg and Co-ceo Jeff Small.

Previously, Brody worked at Alex Kurtzman’s production company Secret Hideout, where he executive produced “The Mummy,” a re-imagining of the classic horror film starring Tom Cruise that stumbled at the box office. He was previously the president of production at Focus Features, where he scored with the adaptation of E.L. James’ best-seller “Fifty Shades of Grey” and helped acquire and produced “Kill the Messenger,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” and “Dallas Buyers Club,” which won Oscars for Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto.

“We
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Fighting Sexism In Film and TV By Becoming a Producer

Maggie Gyllenhaal Is Fighting Sexism In Film and TV By Becoming a Producer
When Jessica Chastain condemned cinematic portrayals of women after spending 10 days as a Cannes Film Festival juror, Maggie Gyllenhaal had deja vu: She had a similar experience as a member of the Berlin International Film Festival’s jury in February. After watching 25 movies in two weeks, the actress grew frustrated.

“There were some amazing performances by women, but one of them was about this woman obsessed with her lover, and in two others, the women were mentally ill,” she said. “So I really related to what Jessica Chastain said. In my life, I think there have been very few representations of women that feel like something I can actually recognize as relating to my experience.”

Now, as a producer on both of her upcoming projects, she’s finding a new way to address that challenge.

Gyllenhaal was speaking from the set of “The Kindergarten Teacher,” the second film from writer-director Sara Colangelo,
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31 underrated movies well worth a look

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Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about. That you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around. That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals..

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch films never really seemed to do much business in the UK, and that’s a real pity. No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into 1990s America, with no
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12 Actresses Absurdly Accused of Being Too Old or Too Fat, From Chloe Grace Moretz to Jennifer Lawrence (Photos)

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12 Actresses Absurdly Accused of Being Too Old or Too Fat, From Chloe Grace Moretz to Jennifer Lawrence (Photos)
Hollywood has a special knack for making people feel far from perfect and actresses are no exception. Here are 12 gorgeous women who have been told they were either too fat or too old to play a certain role. Maggie GyllenhaalSherrybaby” star, Maggie Gyllenhaal was turned down for a role because she was “too old” to play the love interest for a 55-year-old man. She was 37 at the time. “It was astonishing to me,” the actress told TheWrap. “It made me feel bad, and then it made me feel angry, and then it made me laugh.” Mary Elizabeth Winstead...
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Trailer Watch: A Teen Tries to Move On from Her Viral Past in Kyra Sedgwick’s “Story of a Girl”

Story of a Girl

“It was three years ago when the video of me and Tommy Webber went viral,” says Deanna (Ryann Shane, “Banshee”) in a new trailer for Kyra Sedgwick’s “Story of a Girl.” The video captured Deanna — who was 13 at the time — having sex. And she’s been branded as “the school slut” ever since.

It’s not just the halls of her high school where Deanna’s tormented. “Her home life is even more troublesome as her father’s anger and disappointment over the incident has left him unable to look her in the eye,” the film’s official synopsis details. “Ready to move on, Deanna longs to escape a life defined by the mistakes of her past.” (The use of the word “mistake” here is concerning, especially because the trailer indicates that Deanna may not have consented to the video being recorded or possibly even to having sex with Tommy— the specifics aren’t made clear. It sounds like this girl is being bullied and slut shamed. The jerks mistreating her are the ones making mistakes.)

“I deleted as much as I could, but some stories just stick,” Deanna observes. Even handing in a resume results in her being recognized from her viral past.

An adaptation of Sara Zarr’s novel of the same name, “Story of a Girl” marks actress Sedgwick’s directorial debut. “The Closer” alumna has won an Emmy and Golden Globe. Laurie Collyer (“Sherrybaby”) and Emily Bickford Lansbury penned the script.

Story of a Girl” premieres on Lifetime July 23.

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Review: Lifetime's 'Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe'

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Review: Lifetime's 'Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe'
In our ever-more-fragmented media landscape, we're seeing fewer and fewer recognizable brand-name stars for *everybody*, but we're probably getting more and more recognizable brand-name stars for *somebody*.  And that means that people who, to certain individuals, are clearly stars of a certain stature are virtual unknowns to great masses, possibly to majorities. And that's even the case with culture-watching professionals. Take Britt Robertson. I didn't see many "Tomorrowland" reviews calling her an unknown or even a newcomer, thankfully, but plenty of critics are still bending over backwards to reference credits like "Dan in Real Life" or "Delivery Man" as if audiences may struggle to place her. I hear her name and I think of an actress who has been the unquestioned star of at least two network TV shows and one of the stars (if only for a for a season) of a bona fide hit. In the sphere of what I do,
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis May 22-24 – Great Line-Up of Movie Guests

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes.
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Golden Globe Awards: From Michael Keaton to Gina Rodriguez, First-Timers Dominate

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Golden Globe Awards: From Michael Keaton to Gina Rodriguez, First-Timers Dominate
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has a reputation for catering to its A-list nominees but this year’s Golden Globes have been dominated by first-time nominees and new shows.

Director Richard Linklater, actors Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Jeffrey Tambor (“Transparent”), Matt Bomer (“The Normal Heart”), Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) and J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and composer Johann Johannsson (“The Theory of Everything”) capitalized on their first nominations and won Golden Globes.

See photos: Golden Globes: Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos)

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Patricia Arquette won Golden Globes on their third and fourth tries, respectively,
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Entertainers of the Year, An Alternate Take

Year in Review. Two yummy lists each day. Here's Matthew Eng on "Entertainers of the Year"

Let’s face it: Jimmy Fallon is an okay if utterly predictable choice for Entertainment Weekly’s annual “Entertainer of the Year” title, which can occasionally become more of an honor for being widely-known and well-liked than, you know, being consistently entertaining. (Have they made a truly interesting choice since that three-year, Oscar-certified run of Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, and Denzel Washington from 2000-02?)

Rather than continue to pat the backs of those like Ben Affleck, Taylor Swift, Robert Downey, Jr., and J.K. Rowling – i.e. prominent pop culture presences and former “Entertainers of the Year” whose dominance over their respective industries is already deep and durable – let’s take a moment to honor some of our favorite hard-working actors and actresses who zig-zagged across mediums this year, making crucial contributions to the entertainment landscape,
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Lifetime finds its Marilyn Monroe

Lifetime finds its Marilyn Monroe
Lifetime has found its Marilyn in Pan Am and The Aviator actress Kelli Garner. EW has confirmed that Garner will star as Marilyn Monroe in the network's upcoming four-hour miniseries about the Hollywood icon. Based on The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe by J. Randy Taraborrelli, Marilyn also stars Susan Sarandon as Monroe's mentally ill mother with whom she has a rather complicated relationship. According to Lifetime, the miniseries will reveal "what the iconic superstar succeeded in hiding from an all-too-invasive world." Here's the official synopsis from the network: "Marilyn is both the personification of sex, whose first marriage ironically collapses because of her frigidity,
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Opens Up About Her Intense TV Debut In The Honorable Woman

Maggie Gyllenhaal knows a thing or seven about taking on audacious roles. Since she broke out as James Spader's submissive assistant in the 2002 film Secretary, she's played heroines in major blockbusters (The Dark Knight) and heroin addicts in indie sleepers (Sherrybaby). The Oscar nominee has also shunned the typical Hollywood-celebrity scene, instead living a quiet life in Brooklyn with her husband, actor Peter Sarsgaard, and their two daughters. For her series-television debut, she's chosen The Honorable Woman, an eight-episode SundanceTV drama about the very real, very violent, and very current troubles between Israel and Palestine.

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Lifetime Developing Marilyn Monroe Miniseries

Lifetime Developing Marilyn Monroe Miniseries
Lifetime is developing a new miniseries centered around Marilyn Monroe, Variety has confirmed.

The series, based on the book “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” by J. Randy Taraborrelli, is being scripted by Stephen Kronish, writer and producer of Reelz’s “The Kennedys” and “24.” If the project is picked up, “Sherrybaby” helmer Laurie Collyer is attached to direct.

The show hails from Asylum Entertainment, which produced “The Kennedys,” and is executive produced by Kronish, Jonathan Koch, Steven Michaels and Keri Selig. The working title for the miniseries is “Marilyn.”

Taraborrelli’s “Secret Life” biography is a New York Times bestseller which explores Monroe’s complicated relationships with her mother, foster mother and legal guardian, her struggles with mental illness and her ties with the Kennedys. Monroe died Aug. 5, 1962.

Lifetime’s upcoming adaptations include a miniseries version of Anita Diamant’s “The Red Tent”, Stephen King telepic “Big Driver,” and “The
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