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Zoe Kazan Sets Record Straight On ‘Buster Scruggs’ Always Being A Movie [Interview]

2018 will probably be a very memorable year for Zoe Kazan. The 35-year-old actress is best known for her roles in films such as “The Big Sick,” “Ruby Sparks” and the HBO mini-series “Oliver Kitteridge,” but she’s also an accomplished screenwriter. Kazan wrote the screenplay for “Sparks” and co-wrote the acclaimed indie “Wildlife” with husband Paul Dano that debuted at Sundance last January.

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New ‘Popular Film’ Oscar Draws Wisecracks: ‘Here’s an Inane New Category Nobody Asked For’

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced plans on Wednesday to shorten the Oscars telecast and create a new category devoted to popular films, eliciting immediate reaction from Twitter skeptics who derided the upcoming changes.

The changes are likely an attempt to boost sagging ratings for the Oscars, which hit a new low this past March after years of steady decline. The rules were adopted by the Academy’s Board of Governors at a meeting on Tuesday night and detailed in an email sent to Academy members on Wednesday morning.

The Academy announced that it would create a category designed to salute “outstanding achievement in popular film.” It has also pledged to keep the show to three hours, and will also hand out “select categories” during commercial breaks, and then edit those presentations to be shown later in the telecast.

Also Read: Academy Adds 'Popular Film' Award, Vows
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New to Streaming: A24 on Netflix, ‘Tully,’ ‘On Chesil Beach,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Battle of the Sexes (Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton)

The 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs captured the imagination of not only tennis enthusiasts, but of the whole world. There has always been the persistent rumor that Riggs threw the match to settle debts with the mob. Whether or not that is true seems highly irrelevant to directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan
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The Road to Sundance 2018: The HeyUGuys team on the most anticipated films of the festival

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Author: Nathan McVay

HeyUGuys will have its Sundance team back in the Mountains next week as Nathan McVay and Ty Cooper travel to Utah to discover next year’s best Independent films. The 2018 slate is packed with big name directors, actors and variety.

Each year after the slate is announced McVay and Cooper e-mail back and forth discussing the lineup and what movies excite, surprise or confuse them. Here are some highlights of their e-mail exchange for a very unconventional preview of this year’s Sundance.

Nathan:

Dec 27 12:15 Cst

It’s that time of the year! Not sure I have been as excited for as many movies as this year.

But, I’m thinking the movie I might be most excited about is Beirut.

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Gone Girl meets Bourne Identity with Don Draper in the Middle East.

Sign Me Up!

Beirut is my definite number one. Sorry this isn’t
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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors On How The Tennis Drama Played Pre- And Post-Election — The Contenders London

‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Directors On How The Tennis Drama Played Pre- And Post-Election — The Contenders London
Contemplating their take on the historic “Battle of the Sexes”—the famous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs—some writers might be inclined to trot out simple displays of athleticism, emphasizing the tug and pull and sheer physicality of the match itself over a more complicated narrative. For directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris—known for critically acclaimed dramas including Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks—what was much more engaging…
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Big Sick on Blu-ray

The Critically Acclaimed True-Life Romantic Comedy Arrived on Digital HD September 5 and Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD September 19 from Lionsgate.

Now you can own The Big Sick on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie featuring Holly Hunter? (mine is The Burning!). It’s so easy! Good Luck!

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Based on the real-life love story between star and cowriter Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley,” Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) and his wife, The Big Sick arrives on Digital HD September 5 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On DemandSeptember 19 from Lionsgate. Produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Bridesmaids) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, Bridesmaids), the winner of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh with a 97% critic score.
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Battle of the Sexes movie review: totally ace

MaryAnn’s quick take… An essential history lesson with a smart smack of relevance for today (because feminism always has to be relitigated). It’s also warm, funny, and hugely entertaining. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for movies about women

I’m “biast” (con): not a sports fan at all

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

That saying about those not remembering the past being condemned to repeat it? Of course it’s true… but sometimes it’s not an accident that the past gets forgotten. Sometimes the squashing of history — and the continuation of history into the present — is deliberate. Feminists know this: Women are constantly having to reinvent feminism, refight the same battles, because they don’t stay won. A brief moment of small triumph very quickly gets drowned out by major cultural pushback; women may savor victory only long enough
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'Battle of the Sexes' Review: Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets

'Battle of the Sexes' Review: Imagine Hillary and Trump Swinging Rackets
What does a movie about a 1973 tennis exhibition match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs have to say to millennials when everyone knows the war between so-called women's libbers and male chauvinist pigs ended last century? Ha! Starring a top-form Emma Stone as King and a perceptively flamboyant Steve Carell as Riggs, Battle of the Sexes is not an overtly political movie; it's a blast about two tennis champions going over the top to make a point. But in speaking to the marginalized, the movie comments bluntly on the here and now.
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Our 10 favourite movies that we saw at the Toronto International Film Festival

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Our 10 favourite movies that we saw at the Toronto International Film FestivalOur 10 favourite movies that we saw at the Toronto International Film FestivalAdriana Floridia9/18/2017 2:22:00 Pm

We spent the last eleven days watching movies at the Toronto International Film Festival so that we could let you know which films you have to look out for when they hit a Cineplex theatre.

This year, Tiff played about 255 films, and watching all of them is an impossible feat. However, we saw enough that we can whole heartedly recommend 10 amazing ones, all of which you'll be able to catch at Cineplex sometime in the near future.

In no particular order, check out our 10 favourite films from #TIFF17 below!

Call Me By Your Name

Luca Guadagnino's beautiful, erotic, and moving love story is by far one of the most gorgeous films we've seen all year. Starring Timothee Chalamet in a breakout role
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Tiff Review: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Capably Feeds Off the Current Zeitgeist

The 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs captured the imagination of not only tennis enthusiasts, but of the whole world. There has always been the persistent rumor that Riggs threw the match to settle debts with the mob. Whether or not that is true seems highly irrelevant to directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton’s depiction of the events.

The latest film from the duo behind Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks, aptly titled Battle of the Sexes, seems to be the kind of project that was quickly green lit to feed off of the current zeitgeist. It stars Emma Stone and Steve Carell as the competitors and feels as relevant as any movie released this year. The drama recounts the events that led to the historic tennis match between the 29-year-old, number two-ranked tennis sensation Billie Jean King, and the retired, boorish former Open champ Bobby Riggs.
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Tiff 2017: ‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Review: Dirs. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris (2017)

Battle Of The Sexes review: Emma Stone and Steve Carell serve up convincing performances in this enjoyable true story from the directors of Little Miss Sunshine.

Battle Of The Sexes review by Paul Heath.

From the team behind the superb Little Miss Sunshine comes this true story of the infamous Battle Of The Sexes of the title, the 1973 highly-charged exhibition tennis match where the legendary Billie Jean King took on 55-year-old former grand slam winner, and self-confessed ‘male chauvinist pig’ Bobby Riggs.

Emma Stone portrays the role of King, the 29-year-old pro who famously dropped out of the main U.S. tour after a major disagreement over prize money awarded to men, which was more than eight times what women received for the same tournament. King, along with a bunch of other pros, go out on their own by setting up a new tour with much higher prize money, put
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Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Valerie Faris — “Battle of the Sexes”

Battle of the Sexes”: Fox Searchlight

Valerie Faris and her husband, Jonathan Dayton, have co-directed music videos for R.E.M., The Smashing Pumpkins, Janet Jackson, Oasis, and many others in the 1990s and 2000s. Their previous film credits include “Little Miss Sunshine” and “Ruby Sparks.”

Battle of the Sexes” will premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival on September 10. Dayton co-directed the film.

W&H: Describe the film for us in your own words.

Vf: The film is an intimate portrayal of the private lives of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs leading up to the Battle of the Sexes match.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Vf: I was particularly interested in the story of Billie Jean beginning a kind of personal transformation by becoming a leader in the fight for equal pay for women in tennis while having her first affair with a woman.

Billie Jean’s courage to put so much on the line to make change both in her professional and personal life remains very inspiring to me.

W&H: What do you want people to think about when they are leaving the theater?

Vf: I hope they will go out and have a stimulating conversation about the thoughts and feelings the film raised for them, how it relates to their own lives, and — maybe in the bigger picture — what has changed in the last 44 years and what has not.

W&H: What was the biggest challenge in making the film?

Vf: I think we all felt pressure to do justice to these larger than life characters. We worked to keep each character dimensional and the film complex, never reducing anyone or any subject to a cliché or a binary argument.

W&H: How did you get your film funded? Share some insights into how you got the film made.

Vf: Fox Searchlight and Danny Boyle and Christian Colson brought the film to us. I think they liked the idea of a husband and wife team directing a film titled “Battle of the Sexes.” This is our third film with Fox Searchlight.

By normal Hollywood standards this is a low-budget production, but it’s our biggest budget yet and big by Searchlight standards as well. We were fortunate to put together an amazing cast that made greenlighting the movie very easy.

W&H: What does it mean for you to have your film play at the Toronto International Film Festival?

Vf: It’s a real thrill to screen the film alongside so many other great films. It’s the ideal way to release a film: With a festival to usher it into the world, it gets the conversation going about the film in a very organic way.

W&H: What’s the best and worst advice you’ve received?

Vf: Never go to bed angry at your husband/partner.

W&H: What advice do you have for other female directors?

Vf: Probably what I would tell all filmmakers — and myself for that matter — is to do what you are uniquely suited to do, don’t judge yourself, and put a lot of love and hard work into what you’re doing.

W&H: Name your favorite woman-directed film and why.

Vf: This is the hardest question. There are so many I love. Andrea Arnold’s “Red Road” and “Fish Tank” are two of my favorites. I love her style of storytelling. There’s so much drama but it never feels forced or contrived. I’m always right with the characters following them through the surprising turns of the story.

I’m also a big fan of Robbie Ryan’s cinematography. He worked on both of those films.

W&H: There have been significant conversations over the last couple of years about increasing the amount of opportunities for women directors yet the numbers have not increased. Are you optimistic about the possibilities for change? Share any thoughts you might have on this topic.

Vf: With so many venues to present films now, there should be more opportunities as well. I think it’s our turn. The public is ready for some new blood and new stories.

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Tiff 2017 Women Directors: Meet Valerie Faris — “Battle of the Sexes” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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The Big Sick Starring Kumail Nanjiani and Zoe Kazan Available on Blu-ray September 19th

The Critically Acclaimed True-Life Romantic Comedy Arrives on Digital HD September 5 and Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD September 19 from Lionsgate.

Based on the real-life love story between star and cowriter Kumail Nanjiani (“Silicon Valley,” Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) and his wife, The Big Sick arrives on Digital HD September 5 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital HD), DVD and On DemandSeptember 19 from Lionsgate. Produced by Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Bridesmaids) and Barry Mendel (Trainwreck, Bridesmaids), the winner of the 2017 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award is Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh with a 97% critic score. A New York Critics’ Pick, the hilarious film takes a comical look at the clash of two cultures in a moment of crisis. Filled with laugh-out-loud moments, the unconventional and authentic comedy also stars Oscar winner Holly Hunter (Best Actress, The Piano, 1993), Emmy winner Ray Romano (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) and Zoe Kazan (What If,
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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review: Emma Stone Is Brilliant in an Uneven Billie Jean King Biopic that Wasn’t Built for the Trump Era

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‘Battle of the Sexes’ Review: Emma Stone Is Brilliant in an Uneven Billie Jean King Biopic that Wasn’t Built for the Trump Era
Battle of the Sexes” is a movie that was made by people who were convinced Hillary Clinton would be the next President of the United States (not that anyone can blame them for that). A broad and sporadically entertaining crowd-pleaser that follows tennis champions Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs as they wend their way towards the 1973 exhibition match that cemented their legacies, this isn’t a movie made by people who merely thought that Clinton was going to win, it’s a movie made by people who knew. People who knew like the rest of us knew.

Simon Beaufoy, who wrote the script before the primaries began, obviously couldn’t have predicted that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee, but good writers have a way of intuiting these things (and grappling with their implications) long before they come to pass. By the time production began in April 2016, it was practically a done deal.
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Our 20 most anticipated movies at #TIFF17 so far!

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Our 20 most anticipated movies at #TIFF17 so far!Our 20 most anticipated movies at #TIFF17 so far!Adriana Floridia8/15/2017 1:45:00 Pm

Movie lovers from all around the world look forward to the Toronto International Film Festival each and every year. One of the largest film festivals in the world, Canada’s own Tiff is always guaranteed to satisfy every type of movie fan—with big Hollywood titles to smaller indie films, international cinema, horror and genre films.

Today Tiff announced a plethora of additional titles to their already stacked line-up. Every week, Tiff has been adding new films to their 2017 slate, and we're becoming overwhelmed with the amount of films that we want to see at the festival this year. In addition to the ten films we previously highlighted, we've added ten more titles to our list to give you an ultimate guide regarding twenty of the hottest movies you'll want to either see,
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London Film Festival adds Emma Stone's 'Battle Of The Sexes'

  • ScreenDaily
London Film Festival adds Emma Stone's 'Battle Of The Sexes'
Stone and Billie Jean King expected to attend European premiere of tennis drama.

Battle Of The Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, is to screen as the American Express Gala at the 61st BFI London Film Festival (Oct 4-15).

The film will receive its European premiere on October 7 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, with Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton and Billie Jean King expected to attend.

Battle Of The Sexes tells the true life story of the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).

Their match, billed as the ‘Battle Of The Sexes’, was one of the most watched sporting events of all time.

Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman, Bill Pullman, Alan Cumming and Elisabeth Shue co-star in the Fox Searchlight Pictures production, which is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris from a screenplay
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Battle Of The Sexes To Get European Premiere At 2017 BFI London Film Festival

Battle Of The Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, will be this year’s American Express Gala at this year’s BFI London Film Festival. The film will receive its European Premiere on Saturday 7 October at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, with Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, and the legendary Billie Jean King expected to attend.

There will also be screenings of Battle Of The Sexes with highlights from the festival premiere taking place at cinemas across the UK on Tuesday 10 October.

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women’s movement, the 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men’s-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle Of The Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.
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IndieWire Fall Film Festival Wish List: The 58 Movies We Want to See Most

IndieWire Fall Film Festival Wish List: The 58 Movies We Want to See Most
“Dunkirk” aside, deep summer looks like a fallow season for major films — but appearances are deceiving. This is perhaps their most-essential moment on the movie calendar, as it’s when distributors huddle, haggle, and negotiate to determine which movies will head for the almighty awards-season launch festivals of Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and New York.

From the festivals’ perspectives, they’re vying for the starriest red-carpet gala world premieres. (The exception is Telluride, which doesn’t have to vie; it gets to cherry pick its impeccably curated four-day Labor Day Weekend selection in secret.) Ahead of next week’s rollout of announcements, we called around for intel on what we can expect to see.

Read MoreRichard Linklater’s ‘The Last Detail’ Sequel ‘Last Flag Flying’ to Open New York Film Festival

Of course, some films either won’t be ready to screen until year’s end, or will skip festivals and go straight to audiences.
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IndieWire Fall Film Festival Wish List: The 56 Movies We Want to See Most

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IndieWire Fall Film Festival Wish List: The 56 Movies We Want to See Most
Dunkirk” aside, deep summer looks like a fallow season for major films — but appearances are deceiving. This is perhaps their most-essential moment on the movie calendar, as it’s when distributors huddle, haggle, and negotiate to determine which movies will head for the almighty awards-season launch festivals of Venice, Telluride, Toronto, and New York.

From the festivals’ perspectives, they’re vying for the starriest red-carpet gala world premieres. (The exception is Telluride, which doesn’t have to vie; it gets to cherry pick its impeccably curated four-day Labor Day Weekend selection in secret.) Ahead of next week’s rollout of announcements, we called around for intel on what we can expect to see.

Read MoreRichard Linklater’s ‘The Last Detail’ Sequel ‘Last Flag Flying’ to Open New York Film Festival

Of course, some films either won’t be ready to screen until year’s end, or will skip festivals and go straight to audiences.
See full article at Indiewire »

Zoe Kazan Says Sexual Harassment Is Everywhere in Hollywood

  • Yidio
2017-07-10T14:54:35-07:00Zoe Kazan Says Sexual Harassment Is Everywhere in Hollywood

Actress Zoe Kazan says sexual harassment is rampant on movie sets and explains why no one ever reports it.

“There’s so much sexual harassment on set,” she revealed in an interview with The Guardian that was published over the weekend, “And there’s no Hr department, right? We don’t have a redress. We have our union, but no one ever resorts to that, because you don’t want to get a reputation for being difficult.”

The “Big Sick” actress even revealed that a producer once asked her if she “spat or swallowed.” He brushed the comment off as a joke, but she didn’t speak up about the incident.

“He was also paying my check and then watching me from the monitor as I made out with another actor – so when he tells me I look good,
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