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Oscar Week: Podtalk with Greta Gerwig, 2018 Oscar Best Director Nominee for ‘Lady Bird’

Chicago – One of the most fulfilled movies of 2017 was the sublime “Lady Bird,” the major film debut of actor Greta Gerwig. Nimbly shooting her own script, the achingly honest story about a teenager (portrayed essentially by Saiorse Ronan) going through her Senior Year of high school in Sacramento, California, was a breakout film of the year, and was nominated for Best Picture, as well as Best Actress for Ronan, Best Supporting Actress for Laurie Metcalfe (as the Ronan character’s mother) and Best Original Screenplay/Best Director for Greta Gerwig.

Ms. Gerwig was born and raised in Sacramento, but has insisted that Lady Bird is an imaginary character, not an autobiography. After graduation from Barnard College, she intended to be a playwright, but scored roles in a couple of early “Mumblecore” indie films, Joe Swanberg’s “Lol” and Jay & Mark Duplass’ “Baghead.” Her first directorial film was a collaboration with Swanberg,
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Film Independent Spirit Award Final Predictions, from ‘Get Out’ to ‘Lady Bird’

Film Independent Spirit Award Final Predictions, from ‘Get Out’ to ‘Lady Bird’
While the notoriously idiosyncratic Film Independent Spirit Awards nomination juries go their own way, it’s the more than 6,400 members of Film Independent who vote. In recent years, these selections tend to mirror the Oscar winners, from Weinstein Co.’s “The Artist” and “Silver Linings Playbook” and Fox Searchlight’s “12 Years a Slave” and “Birdman” to Open Road’s “Spotlight” and A24’s “Moonlight.”

So what wins this Saturday (the often raucous show hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulavey is broadcast live on IFC at 2 pm Pacific, 5 pm eastern) could well predict the eventual Oscar winner. Except that this year, neither of Searchlight’s eventual Oscar frontrunners, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” (which skirted the $20 million budget cap) or British auteur Martin McDonagh’s “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” were nominated by the Spirits for Best Picture.

Therefore, the top dogs at the Spirits are
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‘Lady Bird’: How Greta Gerwig Found Her Unique Rhythm in the Written Word – Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast

‘Lady Bird’: How Greta Gerwig Found Her Unique Rhythm in the Written Word – Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast
Before she directed “Lady Bird,” Greta Gerwig brought a unique rhythm and cadence to the characters she played. The pinnacle of this came in “Frances Ha” and “Mistress America,” scripts she co-wrote with director Noah Baumbach, in which her characters’ graceful awkwardness and effortless rapid-fire line deliveries established her as one of her generation’s most exciting leading ladies. “Lady Bird,” Gerwig’s first solo directing credit, embodies so much of that Gerwig rhythm and feel — but with the actress behind the camera.

When Gerwig was a guest on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast, she traced this back to her love of playwrights and not the Diy, improv-heavy microbudget productions that first introduced her to indie film fans.

“As a writer my writing was grounded in writing plays and admiring playwrights and in theater the playwright is king, you don’t change those words – you don’t change Kenneth Lonergan’s words,
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Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on How They Found the Voice of ‘Lady Bird’

Greta Gerwig and Saoirse Ronan on How They Found the Voice of ‘Lady Bird’
Greta Gerwig is having coffee and a bowl of jasmine rice in a mostly empty SoHo restaurant on a frosty late afternoon in December. The day before, she was named best director by the National Board of Review, the first of many accolades that she, her star Saoirse Ronan and their movie “Lady Bird” will receive in the coming weeks. Gerwig is beaming, though you get the feeling that’s her natural state. Her short hair is blondish, with dark roots, and you can see an echo of a number of the characters she’s played — the ebullient falling-through-the-cracks dancer of “Frances Ha,” the Bowie-headed art punk of “20th Century Women” — in her large sun-dazed smile, her easy open laugh, her tossed-off intelligence.

“It wasn’t until I actually started writing ‘Lady Bird’ that I thought, ‘Where’s this movie? Why hasn’t this one been made?’” says Gerwig. “John Hughes movies I love; they loom so
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How Greta Gerwig’s Brilliant Use of Colors Turned ‘Lady Bird’ Into an Emotional Nostalgia Trip

How Greta Gerwig’s Brilliant Use of Colors Turned ‘Lady Bird’ Into an Emotional Nostalgia Trip
One of the things that’s often deceptive about an intimate coming-of-age movie like “Lady Bird” – built on nuanced performances, careful framing, and a subtle bittersweet tone – is the sense that it is somehow less cinematic, or less carefully crafted, than a bigger film with thrilling action scenes and bold camerawork.

For the look of “Lady Bird,” writer-director Greta Gerwig started working a year ahead of time with cinematographer Sam Levy (with whom she’d previously collaborated on “Frances Ha” and “Maggie’s Plan”) to figure out how to turn her somewhat abstract visual concept into a reality. Levy turned to his colorist Alex Bickel (“Moonlight”) during pre-production to develop an unique technical process that could carry Gerwig’s vision through to the finish line.

Gerwig, Levy, and Bickel sat down with IndieWire to talk about about their collaboration on “Lady Bird” and were willing to share before and after
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Greta Gerwig Bio: In Her Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos

Greta Celeste Gerwig (born August 4, 1983, age: 34) is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter and director. She has frequently collaborated with writer-directors Joe Swanberg and Noah Baumbach. Gerwig has starred in the films Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2013), Mistress America (2015), Maggie’s Plan (2016) and 20th Century Women (2016), among other movies. Greta Gerwig Bio: Age, Early Career With Joe Swanberg Gerwig was born in Sacramento, California, to […]

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7 Female-Centric Coming-of-Age Movies to Watch If You Loved ‘Lady Bird’

7 Female-Centric Coming-of-Age Movies to Watch If You Loved ‘Lady Bird’
It’s the honesty of Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” that really makes the Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age movie sing. Yes, it’s very funny and filled with enough genuinely great performances that it’s actually debatable which supporting star turns in the best work (it’s Laurie Metcalf, or maybe Beanie Feldstein, or possibly Tracy Letts), but what makes Gerwig’s movie such a gem is the honesty that infuses every part and every scene. Ronan’s ChristineLady Bird” McPherson is a work-in-progress, but she’s also kind of a jerk, and Gerwig never shies away from showing the angstier, angrier side of growing up.

So often, high school-set features tend to lean into the more fun side of those four years, building up to the big dance or the big test or the big graduation, and while Lady Bird is consumed with getting to the next step,
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November It's a Wrap

November wrapped so quickly with such excited via the Nyfcc Awards and Oscar chart revamping that we didn't even realize that December has just begin. Here are two handfuls of highlights from the month that was in case you missed 'em:

Get Out Party Kaluuya and Peele chat favorite moviegoing experiences

• 25 Youngest Actors Ever Oscar Nominated Marlon, Heath, Monty, Mickey and more. Timothée will be 3rd youngest if he pulls it off

• Call Me With Kindess the controversy over sex scenes in Call Me By Your Name

• Yes No Maybe So: Avengers Infinity War so many heroes. so much running and punching

• The Furniture takes a spooky train back to Bram Stoker's Dracula for its 25th

• Honorary Beauty gazing at the legendary stars at this year's Governor's Awards

• Best of 1972 and 1956 just for fun!

• Soundtracking Frances Ha since Greta Gerwig is all the rage again

• Smackdown 1944: Gaslight, Dragon Seed,
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How Saoirse Ronan Finally Got a Chance to Go to Prom — in Lady Bird

How Saoirse Ronan Finally Got a Chance to Go to Prom — in Lady Bird
Saoirse Ronan is not your average 23-year-old.

Already twice nominated for an Academy Award (ten years ago a scene-stealing role in Atonement made her one of the youngest Supporting Actress contenders ever, followed by a second nod for 2016’s Brooklyn), Ronan will likely bag her third for her new hit comedy Lady Bird. Also separating her from the pack — she’s never been to a real prom.

In Lady Bird, the Irish actress goes all-American to play the titular spunky Sacramento-raised teen who clashes with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) and Catholic School teachers. The film, written and directed by Greta Gerwig,
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How 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig's Love Letter to Her Childhood Became an Oscars Frontrunner (Exclusive)

How 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig's Love Letter to Her Childhood Became an Oscars Frontrunner (Exclusive)
"Oh, is that a Coke?!" Greta Gerwig exclaims. A tinkering tray carrying -- yup -- a glass of Coca-Cola has just arrived to her hotel suite. I'm having a side conversation with the actress Saoirse Ronan about their new film, Lady Bird, as Gerwig gleefully intercepts the Coke and takes a sip. "Oh god. That tastes so good."

"She don't give a sh*t about the movie right now," Ronan throws a thumb in Gerwig's direction, drawing her attention. "He was saying lovely things about the film and you're like, 'Mmm, fizzy! Bubbly!'"

Lady Bird, which Gerwig wrote and with which she makes her directorial debut, centers on high school senior Christine McPherson, self-nicknamed Lady Bird, as she navigates Catholic school boys, college applications and mother-daughter drama in circa 2003 Sacramento. The irony is Gerwig gives such a sh*t about the film that it's the first thing anyone mentions about working with her. Beanie Feldstein, who co-stars
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How 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig's Love Letter for Her Mom Became an Oscars Frontrunner (Exclusive)

How 'Lady Bird' Director Greta Gerwig's Love Letter for Her Mom Became an Oscars Frontrunner (Exclusive)
"Oh, is that a Coke?!" Greta Gerwig exclaims. A tinkering tray carrying -- yup -- a glass of Coca-Cola has just arrived to her hotel suite. I'm having a side conversation with the actress Saoirse Ronan about their new film, Lady Bird, as Gerwig gleefully intercepts the Coke and takes a sip. "Oh god. That tastes so good."

"She don't give a sh*t about the movie right now," Ronan throws a thumb in Gerwig's direction, drawing her attention. "He was saying lovely things about the film and you're like, 'Mmm, fizzy! Bubbly!'"

Lady Bird, which Gerwig wrote and with which she makes her directorial debut, centers on high school senior Christine McPherson, self-nicknamed Lady Bird, as she navigates Catholic school boys, college applications and mother-daughter drama in circa 2003 Sacramento. The irony is Gerwig gives such a sh*t about the film that it's the first thing anyone mentions about working with her. Beanie Feldstein, who co-stars
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Review. "Lady Bird"—Greta Gerwig's Rite of Passage

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Christine McPherson (entrancingly played by Saoirse Ronan) is a strong-minded, rebellious yet vulnerable seventeen-year-old—otherwise known as “Lady Bird”—who thinks that life in Sacramento is dull and holding her back, preventing her from being herself. She dreams of attending East Coast colleges and romanticizes life as a writer in New York City or in rural Connecticut. This is at odds with her mother Marion (an intimidating Laurie Metcalf) who is both equally a caring and unyielding mother. This familiar yet nuanced mother-daughter relationship is at the very core of Lady Bird. But the film also beautifully explores the title character’s coming to terms with life beyond her home; Lady Bird is as much about fleeing home as it is about one’s unconditional love for it. Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut takes the all too familiar coming-of-age teen drama and makes it uniquely wonderful and fresh. The film
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“Lady Bird” Makes Rotten Tomatoes Herstory as Best-Reviewed Movie Ever

Lady Bird

Lady Bird” has soared all the way into record books. Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut is officially Rotten Tomatoes’ best-reviewed film of all time, Indiewire confirms. The Saoirse Ronan-starrer currently boasts a 100 percent “Fresh” rating with 170 reviews.

The coming-of-age dramedy follows Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a Sacramento-based teen who’s desperate to attend college in New York City. Laurie Metcalf (“Getting On”) co-stars as her mother, Marion. Described as “warm” but “also kind of scary” by Lady Bird’s boyfriend, Marion tells her daughter — who is half-convinced that she hates her — that she just wants her to “be the very best version” of herself. But Lady Bird is struggling to be her ideal self.

“[‘Lady Bird’ is] about grace, wholly unearned and mysterious,” Gerwig told us. “It is about how home becomes most vivid when you are leaving… It is about mothers and daughters and dances and religion and
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Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson and Laura Dern set for Noah Baumbach’s new film

The Tracking Board is reporting that Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: Civil War), Laura Dern (Big Little Lies), Merritt Wever (The Walking Dead) and Azhy Robertson (Juliet, Naked) are set to star in the new film from director Noah Baumbach (Mistress America, The Meyerowitz Stories).

Details on the as-yet-untitled project are scarce, but the outlet states that the film will see Driver – who previously collaborated with Baumbach on Frances Ha, While We’re Young and The Meyerowitz Stories – and Johansson playing a married couple, with Robinson as their young son. Baumbach is producing the film with David Heyman (Harry Potter), and there has been talk that Netflix may distribute the project.

Driver and Dern will soon be seen in December’s hotly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi, while Johansson reprises the role of the Black Widow for next year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

The post Adam Driver,
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Adam Driver & Scarlett Johansson for next Noah Baumbach film

David Crow Nov 20, 2017

Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson, and Laura Dern land lead roles in the next Noah Baumbach movie.

In news that allows its stars to appear in an anticipated project that’s free of lightsabers or capes, news broke late on Friday that Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson will lead director Noah Baumbach’s next movie. The information comes from The Tracking Board, which reported that the two will join Laura Dern, Merritt Wever, and Azhy Robertson in a currently untitled project.

While this is an original film from the auteur writer-director - so details are scarce - it is apparently clear that Driver and Johansson will play a married couple with a young child (Robertson). Johansson is also reported to be involved in the television world. This is of course an interesting prospect from Baumbach, the eclectic filmmaker behind films like The Squid And The Whale, Frances Ha,
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Thor: Ragnarok repeats while Orient Express and Daddy’s Home 2 go close at the box office

The weekend estimates are in, and it looks as though Thor: Raganrok has delivered a thunderous sophomore session with approximately $56.6 million to add to a franchise best total of $211 million after just ten days of release. Having already passed the global total of 2011’s Thor, Taika Waititi’s well-received multi-coloured Marvel offering has now surpassed Thor: The Dark World’s $644.6 million, to stand at a whopping $650 million worldwide.

Second place was always going to be a straight fight between Kenneth Branagh’s star-studded Murder on the Orient Express (read our review here), and the critically mauled Daddy’s Home 2 (read our review here). The train based mystery pulled into its first stop with a solid $28.2 million for the weekend, which you might have thought would give it the edge over the Ferrell / Wahlberg / Lithgow / Gibson comedy based on the savage notices, but with a $30 million opening, just $8 million down on the first films debut,
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Lady Bird movie review: flights of adolescent angsty (#LFF2017)

MaryAnn’s quick take… An emotional feast full of humor and pathos about the audacity, the wonder, the horror that is female adolescence. Beautiful, bittersweet, and very generous. I’m “biast” (pro): I am desperate for movies about girls and women; love Ronan and Gerwig

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

Herewith the single authentic movie about being a teenaged girl that our male-dominated entertainment sphere has begun to begrudgingly allow us annually. Last year’s was The Edge of Seventeen; 2015’s was The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is like those films, in that it is an emotional feast about the audacity and the wonder and the horror that is female adolescence the likes of which we oh-so rarely get to see onscreen. It is a nightmare and an adventure that will resonant with
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Soundtracking: "Frances Ha"

Lady Bird is a hit, so Chris is dancing in the street with Greta Gerwig to Frances Ha's soundtrack!

There aren’t many films that use music to capture a state of transition better than Frances Ha, particularly growing out of immature idealization. The film uses its heroine Frances’s addresses as chapter markers, but the flourishes of music notate her waning optimism and intensifying self-actualization. It’s like a variation on Woody Allen’s Gershwin obsession, but here it’s the character glamorizing her life rather than the film itself.

Music is an integral part of creating her internal fantasy. The twinkling, carefree instrumentals provide the lens with which we experience Frances’s world - or at least a more gilded version of how she envisions herself living in it. In tandem with the film’s precise editing and Greta Gerwig’s tremendous performance, the music choices make
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Wonder Women: 2017’s Biggest Box Office Breakouts Show How Far Hollywood Still Has to Go

Wonder Women: 2017’s Biggest Box Office Breakouts Show How Far Hollywood Still Has to Go
Domestic box office has taken a dive over the course of the year: Last weekend alone saw a downturn from 2016 by about five percent, so no small change when millions and millions are on the line, and hardly a good sign heading into the key holiday season. However, at least one segment of the market has triumphed mightily — films directed by women.

Both Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and Greta Gerwig’s “Lady Bird” have busted open long-standing box office records, heralding both the power of female-directed material, but while their successes are mighty, they also highlight how far Hollywood still has to go when it comes to recognizing such films.

Now the number-two domestic earner of the year — Jenkins’ film has so far earned over $412 million at the box office, second only to the juggernaut that is “Beauty and the Beast” — “Wonder Woman” set a new record for a female-directed feature opening.
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How Greta Gerwig Turned the Personal 'Lady Bird' Into a Perfect Movie

How Greta Gerwig Turned the Personal 'Lady Bird' Into a Perfect Movie
Greta Gerwig remembers the "Eureka!" moment.

The 34-year-old actor, an indie-cinema fixture and a co-writer for films like Frances Ha and Mistress America, had been struggling with a screenplay she'd been working on for a while, a story about a young woman coming of age in Northern California. For some reason, she "felt I kept hitting some sort of wall with the movie that I couldn't break through." Then, out of the blue, two lines of dialogue popped into her head.

"I just put everything aside," Gerwig says, "and I
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