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10 Directors to Watch: Claire McCarthy Explores Shakespeare’s Feminine Side in ‘Ophelia’

10 Directors to Watch: Claire McCarthy Explores Shakespeare’s Feminine Side in ‘Ophelia’
It’s serendipitous timing that McCarthy’s third feature, “Ophelia,” is being released in the midst of the #MeToo movement.

The film, set in the 14th century but spoken in a contemporary voice, is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” Based on the novel by Lisa Klein and adapted for the screen by Semi Chellas, it brings Ophelia, the tortured prince’s love interest whose internal conflicts drive her to madness, to the forefront of the story.

Female identity, what it means to be a woman and power dynamics are all themes that McCarthy — who has been with the project for six years — was intent on exploring but found herself fighting for: “In many ways, I wanted to honor the original ‘Hamlet’ and turn the story on its head,” she says. “But that’s been a struggle because it meant putting females in leading roles.” (Debuting in the Premieres section at Sundance, “Ophelia” — the
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Here's Why Brooklynn Prince Is the Kid to Watch Out for This Award Season

Here's Why Brooklynn Prince Is the Kid to Watch Out for This Award Season
There's just something about the young Hollywood stars who always steal the spotlight during award season. Jacob Tremblay brought smiles to our face while he celebrated the success of Room. And Quvenzhané Wallis certainly deserved plenty of attention for her Beasts of the Southern Wild performance. But with the 2018 Golden Globes nominations being announced today, moviegoers have a prediction as to who may be the "it" kid during this year's award season. May we introduce you to Brooklynn Prince? The 7-year-old breakout child star has earned rave reviews for her performance in The Florida Project. In the movie, Brooklynn plays a young girl named Moonee who lives with her mother...
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Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues

Sundance 2018 Programming Breakdown: Big Buys, Actor-Directors, and Hot-Button Issues
Ten months after the Sundance Film Festival debut of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” — which terrified and delighted festgoers at a secret screening last January, en route to a $250- million worldwide box office and growing award season haul — festival director John Cooper and head programmer Trevor Groth talked to IndieWire about their process for finding films for Sundance’s 39th installment (January 18-28) with similar breakout potential, even if the 2018 Sundance slate is less sprawling than its predecessor (104 films vs. 113, culled from 29 countries).

Read More:Sundance 2018 Competition Lineup Boasts New Films from Paul Dano, Reed Morano, Idris Elba, Ethan Hawke, and More

Here’s our breakdown of this year’s thematic trends and hot buys.

African-American stories

“We saw a real increase in [stories told from] the unique perspective and experience of African-American males in American society right now,” said Cooper, citing four of the 16 films in 2018’s U.S. Dramatic Competition alone: “Monster,
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The 20 Saddest Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Amour’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’

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The 20 Saddest Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Amour’ to ‘Million Dollar Baby’
As much as we all love a stunning tracking shot or an impeccably stylized thriller, even the most discerning cinephiles have to admit: Sometimes, you just want a good cry. Often it’s the most gut-wrenching movies that remain in our collective cultural memory the longest; “Sophie’s Choice,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Schindler’s List,” to name just a few. Even in an age when auteur-driven driven sci-fi and superhero franchises reign supreme, Hollywood will always love a good old-fashioned tearjerker. Which is why we thought it necessary to single out some of the saddest movies of the century — so far.

Read More:The 20 Scariest Movie Scenes of the 21st Century

Though it might sound trite, one doesn’t have to give up gorgeous cinematography or a tightly-wound script in order to be moved. Not only do the films on this list find beauty in the most heartbreaking of human experiences,
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Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season

Four Mother-Daughter Movies Could Dominate Awards Season
Mother-daughter relationships have always been the stuff of great drama. And the Oscars are no exception. Three decades ago the “Moonstruck” acting duo Olympia Dukakis and Cher both won gold for playing a strong-willed New York Italian mother and her feisty daughter. Six years later, as a mute Scottish teacher and her de facto interpreter in New Zealand, Holly Hunter and Anna Paquin repeated that twofer triumph with Jane Campion’s “The Piano.”

Onscreen mother-daughter conflict has resulted in other dual Academy Award nominations: selfless Barbara Stanwyck tricked Anne Shirley into marrying rich in tearjerker “Stella Dallas” (1937); Meryl Streep’s big mouth inspired a rebellious Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” (2013); Piper Laurie was literally crucified by Sissy Spacek in “Carrie” (1976). At the start of this decade, Mo’Nique won an Oscar portraying the sexually abusive parent of fellow “Precious” nominee Gabourey Sidibe. Back in 1984, both Shirley MacLaine and
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Why Bria Vinaite, as a Loving Mother From Hell, Is the ‘The Florida Project’s’ Not-So-Secret Weapon

Why Bria Vinaite, as a Loving Mother From Hell, Is the ‘The Florida Project’s’ Not-So-Secret Weapon
It’s this year’s little indie movie that could. In the last two weeks, audiences have gotten the chance to experience “The Florida Project,” Sean Baker’s raw, funny, lyrical, heart-wrenching drama about a little girl and her punk-rebel-slattern mother living in a lavender-walled Orlando motel along a tourist strip on the outskirts of Disney World.

Anyone who sees the film is bound to be struck by the extraordinary qualities of its acting. Brooklynn Prince, who plays 6-year-old Moonee, whiling away the summer by getting into the sort of mischief that seems all too genuine in its destructive innocence (even when it involves the soiling of car windshields or the burning of abandoned real estate), gives one of the most vivid child performances in memory. You never doubt, for a moment, that Moonee is a real kid, with true-blue feelings that didn’t come out of a screenwriter’s manual, yet by the
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Moguls and starlets: 100 years of Hollywood’s corrosive, systemic sexism

From the earliest days of Hollywood, women were stage managed and manipulated by older men in powerful positions. And it’s clear that, although Harvey Weinstein has been outed, little has changed

In the Hollywood dream factory, trauma surfaces as light entertainment. In 2013, introducing the list of best supporting actress nominees at a pre-Oscars event, comedian Seth MacFarlane quipped: “Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein.” What was chilling about this was not just that MacFarlane followed it up at the Oscars with a stream of “edgy” jokes, including the line that nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis had “16 years before she’s too old for Clooney” and the nauseating We Saw Your Boobs song. What is really disturbing is that everyone – even people who had no idea of what has now emerged about Weinstein’s behaviour – got the joke. The idea that female stars
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The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best Child Performances in Movie History — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Florida Project,” which has just started its platform release across the country, what is the greatest child performance in a film?

Jordan Hoffman (@JHoffman), The Guardian, Vanity Fair

I can agonize over this question or I can go at this Malcolm Gladwell “Blink”-style. My answer is Tatum O’Neal in “Paper Moon.” She’s just so funny and tough, which of course makes the performance all the more heartbreaking. She won the freaking Oscar at age 10 for this and I’d really love to give a more deep cut response, but why screw around? Paper Moon is a perfect film and she is the lynchpin.
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Quvenzhané Wallis Adds Author to Her Résumé

Wallis: Gk Photography/iamquvenzhane.com

Quvenzhané Wallis holds the record for the youngest-ever Best Actress Oscar nominee, and now she’s making her mark on another medium. The 14-year-old “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Annie” star is now also an author, Page Six reports. She’s releasing two children’s books through Simon and Schuster: “Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg,” the story of two best friends at a performing arts school, and “A Night Out with Mama,” a picture book inspired by her epic Oscar night experience.

“Reading is one of my favorite things to do,” she said during a recent appearance. “It’s something I would want everyone to do, especially teenagers my age. I don’t think we read as much as we should.”

Wallis, who reads all types of genres, collaborated on the books with co-author Nancy Ohlin.

“We basically told them our interest or story line, what we wanted the books to be about and how we wanted to get her message out,” explained Qulyndreia Wallis, Quvenzhané’s mother. “Then we found Nancy, who helped fine-tune her thoughts and put it together. From there, we would proof read and make sure it was said in a way she would say it and the books were formed.”

“I really hope that people my age enjoy reading these books,” Wallis added. “I’m excited about experiencing new things and sometimes it gets to the point where I might get a little obsessed with it. But I really enjoy writing and I can’t wait to do more.”

“I just keep doing what I’m doing and don’t ever give up,” Wallis has said. This attitude is part of what inspired her to play Annie in a 2014 reboot of the musical. “If she has goals, she’ll finish them, like me,” the actress explained. “We’re both confident.”

Wallis earned her Oscar nod in 2013 for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” She was just nine years old at the time. Her other credits include “12 Years a Slave” and “Fathers & Daughters.”

Quvenzhané Wallis Adds Author to Her Résumé 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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Tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival

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Tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival
At 255 titles, the Toronto International Film Festival’s smorgasbord is 20 percent smaller than last year — and still overwhelming. A number of filmmakers took creative risks that paid off with exuberant praise, from Darren Aronofsky’s outrageous “mother!” to Guillermo del Toro’s inimitable “The Shape of Water,” but many others found themselves in the doghouse, or worse, utterly ignored.

Buyers were unhappy that there wasn’t much to choose from at this sellers’ market, because many distributors cherry-picked the more promising titles ahead of time — which is its own risk, as when The Orchard’s La riot drama “Kings” didn’t meet high expectations.

Here’s how the festival shook out.

Best of the Fest

Top Tier Oscar Contenders

Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeously mounted fantasy thriller “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight), shot in Toronto, was so popular that it’s vying for Tiff’s audience award (often an
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Tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival

Tiff 2017: Here’s the Winners and Losers of the Festival
At 255 titles, the Toronto International Film Festival’s smorgasbord is 20 percent smaller than last year — and still overwhelming. A number of filmmakers took creative risks that paid off with exuberant praise, from Darren Aronofsky’s outrageous “mother!” to Guillermo del Toro’s inimitable “The Shape of Water,” but many others found themselves in the doghouse, or worse, utterly ignored.

Buyers were unhappy that there wasn’t much to choose from at this sellers’ market, because many distributors cherry-picked the more promising titles ahead of time — which is its own risk, as when The Orchard’s La riot drama “Kings” didn’t meet high expectations.

Here’s how the festival shook out.

Best of the Fest

Top Tier Oscar Contenders

Guillermo del Toro’s gorgeously mounted fantasy thriller “The Shape of Water” (Fox Searchlight), shot in Toronto, was so popular that it’s vying for Tiff’s audience award (often an
See full article at Thompson on Hollywood »

A steamy day in movie history

on this day (August 28th) in showbiz-related history, things get sweaty and hot hot hot... time to rub lemons all over our bare bodies.

1980 The 37th annual Venice Film Festival kicks off. The Golden Lion that year will prove to be a tie (!) with Atlantic City, starring Susan Sarandon and her lemons, and Gloria  splitting the top prize. Atlantic City will go on to five Oscar nominations including Best Picture

1981 Kathleen Turner and William Hurt do filthy things to each other in the window smashingly erotic Body Heat brand new in theaters on this day.

1987 Dennis Quaid fingers Ellen Barkin in The Big Easy  new in theaters. The orgasm is so explosive it rockets both careers to the next level instanteously.

1998 54, legendarily butchered in the editing room, attempts to chart the bisexual opportunist antics of Ryan Phillipe in his twink god years.

2009 Taking Woodstock opens in theaters with Emile Hirsch
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Why Cameron Diaz Disappeared From Hollywood

Why Cameron Diaz Disappeared From Hollywood
Where has Cameron Diaz been? The actress last appeared in the 2014 musical Annie, co-starring Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Jamie Foxx and Quvenzhané Wallis. While she's one of the most popular (and highest-paid) movie stars in Hollywood, Cameron said two decades of non-stop travel from film set to film set was too much. "I just went, 'I can't really say who I am to myself.' Which is a hard thing to face up to," she said at the Goop Wellness Summit Saturday. "I felt the need to make myself whole." So far, the actress has not announced any new projects for 2017. Cameron appeared on a panel alongside Tory Burch, Miranda Kerr and Nicole Richie; Gwyneth Paltrow served as the...
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11 Things to Know About Amandla Stenberg, Just in Case She's Still Not on Your Radar

11 Things to Know About Amandla Stenberg, Just in Case She's Still Not on Your Radar
Image Source: Getty / Pascal Le Segretain It seems like Amandla Stenberg has grown up in front of our eyes. The 18-year-old Everything, Everything star earned a legion of fans when she played Rue in the blockbuster film adaption of the Hunger Games book series back in 2012, but these days, Amandla can be found educating her generation about cultural appropriation and advocating for more women of color in front of and behind the camera in Hollywood. We're sure this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as her accomplishments go, so you'll definitely want to get to know her now. Read on for 11 fun facts about Amandla. Related8 Famous Teens Who Are Wise Beyond Their Years She is pansexual. After initially coming out as bisexual, Amandla told Elle she considers herself pansexual because the word is inclusive of transgender people. She appeared in Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album. You can
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Every Oscar Nominee and Winner of Color in Acting Categories Post-2000

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

The Oscars have been a source of contention for the last two years — but that is poised to change this year. At the source of the controversy is a lack of non-white performers among the 20 slots in the best actor, best actress, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress categories. Let’s see just how many minorities — of black, Asian, and hispanic descent — have been honored by the Academy since 2000.

#OscarsSoWhite is the term that has been used to describe the phenomenon of having non-white thespians completely shut out of the acting categories at the 2015 and 2016 ceremonies. Nearly all of Hollywood and the press have spoken out about this occurrence, though it looks like the 2017 ceremony could shape up to be one of the most diverse in history. Here is a breakdown of every nominee and winner post-2000:

For the 2000 ceremony, there was one minority for each acting category.
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Sonia Saraiya’s 20 Best TV Shows of 2016

Sonia Saraiya’s 20 Best TV Shows of 2016
2016 has been the year of the regnant half-hour. We are in the thrall of genre-defying 30-minute episodes, whether they are particularly brilliant broadcast sitcoms or cable and streaming comedies with the heart of independent film and the budget of prestige drama. Some are animated, some are auteur-driven; sometimes these shows boast sitcom joke structure, while others can barely be thought of to be funny at all. But whatever the case, they are all over this list — from premium cable, streaming services, the broadcast networks, and across the pond.

Dramas are a little bit less reliable. Peak television appears to suit nimble shows with a lot of room to adapt; dramas, with their longer runtimes and broader ambitions, are close to floundering. Many of the dramatic hours on my list aren’t even traditional dramas, but anthology series — a format that has stretched our definition of television even as it has proven irresistible to the viewing public.

There
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Oscars 2017: Will Hailee Steinfeld Make History in the Best Actress Category?

Hailee Steinfeld in ‘Edge of Seventeen’ (Courtesy: Stx Entertainment)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Just when you thought the best actress category seemed like a lock, Hailee Steinfeld has just entered the Oscar race with Edge of Seventeen. The young starlet has already broken barriers in the best supporting actress category but now it seems like she may have successfully made the jump to leading lady. Will Steinfeld make history in the best actress category this go ‘round?

Steinfeld received her first (and so far only) Oscar nomination for the role of Mattie Ross in 2010’s True Grit — in which she starred alongside Jeff Bridges. While the Ethan Coen– and Joel Coen-directed film didn’t result in a win (it went to Melissa Leo from The Fighter), Steinfeld earned a spot in the history books as the ninth youngest nominee in Oscar history — thus far, at least — having been 14 years and 45 days old.
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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for November 2016

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Here Are All the Upcoming Movies in Theaters for November 2016
It’s November – a time for Thanksgiving, feasts, and the presence of relatives. If you have some time off (or are trying to grab some much-needed alone time), here is a list of films opening throughout the coming weeks, separated into categories of wide and limited runs. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)

Each week we will have more updates and information, so be sure to keep coming back. You can also check our calendar page, which has releases for the rest of the year. Eat well and keep watching!

Week of November 4 Wide

Trolls

Director: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn

Cast: Anna Kendrick, Christine Baranski, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Gwen Stefani, Icona Pop, James Corden, Jeffrey Tambor, John Cleese, Justin Timberlake, Kunal Nayyar, Quvenzhané Wallis, Ron Funches, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel

Synopsis: After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch set off
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Does ‘Birth of a Nation’ Stand a Chance in the Best Picture Oscar Race?

‘The Birth of a Nation’ (Courtesy: Sundance Film Festival)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

With Birth of a Nation’s disappointing box office numbers and a receptive-yet-tiny screening for Academy members, it’s time to start looking at the odds of the Nate Parker film snagging a best picture nomination at Oscars that take place on February 26, 2017.

The cinematic dramatization of the 1831 Nat Turner slave revolt — which Fox Searchlight acquired for a record $17.5 million — has made headlines due to Parker’s past rape charge coupled with an expensive and troubling media tour likely has not helped the situation.

The best prognosticator here is looking back at the Academy’s relationship to films with black actors and actresses at the lead that were lucky enough to get a nomination for best picture. The hope here is to see what chance Birth of a Nation might have in the race.

Only seven
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Emmy awards 2016: People v Oj and Game of Thrones win big – as it happened

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HBO show takes top award while Sarah Paulson, Sterling K Brown and Coutney B Vance win for roles on People v Oj and show wins for outstanding limited series

Emmys 2016: full list of winners

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5.11am BST

We’ve compiled some of Kimmel’s best lines here.

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4.59am BST

Lanre Bakare writes our news story on the night from Los Angeles:

Winter might be coming for the residents of Westeros but for the creators of Game of Thrones and HBO it was
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