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7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’

7 Essential Debut Films Directed By Female Filmmakers, From ‘Ratcatcher’ to ‘The Virgin Suicides’
When Greta Gerwig’s already-lauded “Lady Bird” hits limited release later this week, the actress-writer-director will join a long line of other female filmmakers who used their directorial debut (this one is Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, just for clarity’s sake) to not only launch their careers, but make a huge mark while doing it. Gerwig’s Saoirse Ronan-starring coming-of-age tale is an instant classic, and one that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone who has enjoyed Gerwig’s charming work as a screenwriter in recent years, bolstered by her ear for dialogue and her love of complicated and complex leading ladies.

While Hollywood still lags when it comes to offering up opportunities to its most talented female filmmakers, many of them have overcome the dismal stats to deliver compelling, interesting, and unique first features. In short, they’re good filmmakers who made good movies,
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The Best Movies About the End of the World, From ‘Melancholia’ to ‘Dr. Strangelove’

The Best Movies About the End of the World, From ‘Melancholia’ to ‘Dr. Strangelove’
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV 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: Apropos of absolutely nothing (and definitely not in response to a certain world leader taking disastrous steps towards dooming the environment of the only inhabitable planet we have), what is the best film about the end of the world?

Erin Whitney (@Cinemabite), ScreenCrush

It’s a hard tie between “Melancholia” and “Take Shelter.” One is a devastating meditation on depression, isolation and death, and the other is a dramatic masterpiece that evokes the dread and anxiety of a looming end. They’re very different films (and coincidentally opened within months of each other), but both end on final shots that left me breathless.
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'Before We Vanish': Film Review | Cannes 2017

'Before We Vanish': Film Review | Cannes 2017
A sleepy Japanese coastal town becomes the unlikely Ground Zero for a hostile alien invasion of Earth in director Kiyoshi Kurosawa's latest Cannes film festival contender, Before We Vanish. The prolific Kurosawa (Tokyo Sonata, Journey to the Shore) cites John Carpenter and vintage Cold War sci-fi allegories as key influences on his latest genre-blurring comic thriller, but there are other echoes here, too, from Simon Pegg's and Edgar Wright's affectionate fanboy parodies to Lorene Scafaria's 2012 rom-com Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

Before We Vanish is a largely faithful adaptation of a stage play by Tomohiro...
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Niki Caro tapped to direct Disney’s live-action Mulan

One of many upcoming live-action Disney remakes has just found its director, as The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that Niki Caro will helm 2018’s Mulan. In so doing, Caro will make history, becoming only the second woman in the studio’s history (and third in all) to direct a film with a budget over $100 million.

Reportedly, Disney saw it as important to hire a female for the job and looked at such other candidates as Patty Jenkins (Wonder Woman) and Michelle MacLaren (Breaking Bad). Caro’s hiring likely means that she’s out of the running for another major studio tentpole, Captain Marvel, which will be the first female-led superhero movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Caro’s name was previously on a shortlist alongside Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland) and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).

Since delivering a critical and moderate commercial hit for Disney with McFarland,
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Captain Marvel Script Update; Marvel Will Start Meeting with Potential Directors Soon

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There's still a long way to go with the development of Marvel's Captain Marvel, but there are two major milestones that the studio is about to tackle. According to Variety film reporter Justin Kroll, Marvel is going to get the first script treatment in soon, and they will start meeting with directing candidates soon. Kroll says:

"Captain Marvel Update: Studio getting treatment on script soon. Meetings with directing candidates to follow but not till the new year."

Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) are the writers working on the script, and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said the film would give us an origin story for the character, and that the origin story won't be the same as the one we know from the comic books.

As far as directors go, there are three women who have been in the running. They
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Kevin Feige Says He’s Excited to Explore the Multiverse and Gives Update on Captain Marvel Director

Marvel is about to open up a whole new can of awesome sauce with the release of Doctor Strange. The McU is going to get much bigger, more magical, and start to explore a side of the universe that is insanely exciting.

In a recent interview with Marvel, Kevin Feige talked about exploring this whole new multiverse that is opening up and why he’s excited about playing with it:

"Well, you know, what's so amazing is, as you well know about the comics, is there are so many areas to play with. There is so many characters to play with and every time we introduce a new one to our cinematic universe, that's just another storytelling tool in the toolbox, and of course Doctor Stephen Strange himself, that power base, but the whole notion of sorcerers now can expand into our movies and the notion of parallel dimensions and
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Life’s A Happy Song: 10 uplifting moments in film for Smile Day

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Life’s A Happy Song: 10 uplifting moments in film for Smile DayLife’s A Happy Song: 10 uplifting moments in film for Smile DayAdriana Floridia10/7/2016 11:30:00 Am

Today is Smile Day, and so we're looking at some of our favourite, most uplifting moments in film that made us smile.

While we maintain that everyday should be smile day, we're making an extra effort at it today. If you need to turn that frown upside down, check out any of these fun movie clips below!

Here are 10 of our favourite uplifting moments in film, spoilers and all:

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986); Directed by John Hughes

It’s usually a great day when you skip class. However, no account of feigning sick has ever been as epic as Ferris Bueller’s (Matthew Broderick). In this scene, Ferris joins this Chicago parade, lip-synching his heart out to “Danke Schoen” and “Twist and Shout”, making for a swoon-worthy,
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New name added to the Captain Marvel director shortlist

A few days ago a shortlist of directors emerged for Marvel’s first female-headlined superhero movie Captain Marvel, and now it seems we may have an additional name, with Jeff Sneider stating on Meet the Movie Press that Electrick Children helmer Rebecca Thomas is also in contention.

Thomas has two high-profile gigs on her upcoming slate, with the director attached to Universal and Working Title’s The Little Mermaid, as well as Paramount’s John Green adaptation Looking for Alaska. She reportedly joins a list of final candidates that include Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lesli Linka Glatter (Ray Donovan) and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).

The initial report suggested that the final contenders will be pitching their take on the project to Marvel in the coming weeks, so hopefully we won’t have too long to wait before we learn who’ll be getting
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Captain Marvel: Someone Else May Be In Contention For the Director's Chair

Last week, we reported that there were three directors that were potentially up for the directing gig for the upcoming Marvel Studios film, Captain Marvel. The names on that list were Lesli Link Glatter (Homeland, The Newsroom), Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend For the End of the World), all of whom were more than qualified to take on the task.

However, a new rumor from Jeff Sneider, senior film reporter at Mashable, states that there may be another name in contention for the position: Rebecca Thomas.

Also, the mystery contender to direct Captain Marvel is Rebecca Thomas, who I was hinting at months ago on the show. https://t.co/YDF2TMBkUm

— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) August 26, 2016

At a glance, this is a name that doesn't quite ring any bells, and even after looking into her name, there wasn't a whole lot to look at. So far,
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Another Potential Captain Marvel Director Surfaces

According to Mashable's Jeff Sneider, there's another contender to help Captain Marvel for Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios.  Rebecca Thomas, best known for directing 2012's Electrick Children, a surreal indie drama about, "a young Mormon girl living in an isolated compound who listens to music for the first time and believes she's become pregnant and must find the father of her miracle baby."   Thomas seems to be a coveted up-and-comer as she's also attached to Universal's live-action Little Mermaid film starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Previously announced contenders for the Captain Marvel directing gig include Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lesli Linka Glatter (Ray Donovan) and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).  However, we should all remember that Marvel has frequently hired actors and directors that never emerged on anyone's shortlist.  Without a finished screenplay and the focus presently on Avengers: Infinity War, Marvel isn't expected to
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‘Captain Marvel’ Female Director Options Narrow: ‘The Meddler’ Helmer Lorene Scafaria and More Eyed

‘Captain Marvel’ Female Director Options Narrow: ‘The Meddler’ Helmer Lorene Scafaria and More Eyed
One of the most exciting Marvel news this year at Comic-Con was the announcement that Brie Larson would be joining the McU as Captain Marvel. The superhero film won’t be released until 2019 but Marvel Studios is carefully searching for the prefect female director to take on the reigns; and it’s looking like it has a group of very talented women on their top-three list.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Meddler” helmer Lorene Scafaria, “Whale Rider’s” Niki Caro and Lesli Linka Glatter, who is the main director on “Homeland,” are frontrunners to direct Marvel’s first female-centered superhero movie, “Captain Marvel.”

Read More: ‘Captain Marvel’: Brie Larson Confirmed to Play Marvel Hero in Standalone Film

Aside from her breakout film “Whale Rider,” the Oscar-nominated Caro is known for her drama “North County” and “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” Scafaria made her feature directorial debut with “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
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Who Should Direct Captain Marvel? Marvel Narrows Their Search Down to 3 Choices

Marvel Studios is closing in on hiring a director to helm Brie Larson in Captain Marvel. According to THR, the studio has narrowed it down to three directors, who are Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria.

Niki Caro has been mentioned as a possibility before. She is the director of the wonderfully made 2002 film Whale Rider. She went on to direct Charlize Theron in a film called North Country; Kevin Costner in McFarland, USA; and Jessica Chastain in The Zookeeper’s Wife. Caro is a solid storyteller who has made some fantastic films.

Lesli Linka Glatter comes from the TV side of entertainment. She has directed episodes of several hit cable series that include Homeland, Ray Donovan, The Newsroom, True Blood, Mad Men, ER, and The West Wing. Since TV series kind of have their own style, it’s hard to tell what she could bring to the table for Captain Marvel.
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‘Captain Marvel’ director shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the directing gig on the forthcoming Captain Marvel has been revealed in a new article on The Hollywood Reporter. The high-profile Marvel movie, which will see Brie Larson (Room) take the lead role, will hit cinemas in March 2019, so quite a ways off yet.

Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria are the three female directors attached to the project, which won’t even start shooting until next year at the absolute earliest. Caro is known for her work on Whale Rider and McFarland, while Glatter has helmed episodes of both Homeland and The Walking Dead. Scafaria has directed both The Meddler and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.

Marvel will be taking their time with this one apparently, so don’t expect any further announcements any time soon, but its an interesting trio of talented filmmakers, I’m sure you’ll agree.
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Captain Marvel's Director Search Has Been Narrowed Down To These Three

Lesli Link Glatter, Niki Caro, Lorene Scafaria

A few weeks back, it was confirmed that Oscar-winning actress Brie Larson was cast as Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel film...Captain Marvel. The film is still a solid three years away, so the studio has plenty of time between now and then, but the character is likely to show up in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, a good year or so before her own standalone film.

As such, it makes sense that Marvel Studios would be hard at work looking for someone to helm Captain Marvel. Given that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler had a hand in the introduction of the character in Captain America: Civil War so that the character would have consistency between films, it's a no-brainer that Marvel would want to do the same thing with Captain Marvel.

So who's up to direct Marvel's first female-led solo film?
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Here’s 3 women up for ‘Captain Marvel’s’ director chair

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Here’s 3 women up for ‘Captain Marvel’s’ director chair
We now know Brie Larson is playing Carol Danvers in Marvel Entertainment's Captain Marvel film but the studio has yet to decide on a director. Today there's more news on that front with three women apparently being considered. The last time we spoke of possible Captain Marvel directors there were three names in the mix. There's three again this time, but only one is the same. Last time it was New Zealand director Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Australian Jennifer Kent (The Babadook), and American Emily Carmichael (who recently joined Lumberjanes) being discussed. This time, The Hollywood Reporter says Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria are on the shortlist. I had originally thought Marvel might announce both director and lead actor at Comic-Con last month. Only one of those got announced, but THR writes, "A decision won't be made anytime soon as Marvel is being very deliberate in its search,
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Captain Marvel Director Shortlist Is Down to These Three Women

Captain Marvel Director Shortlist Is Down to These Three Women
While Marvel Studios won't be the first to have a female superhero movie made by a female director in the modern era of comic book movies, as that honor belongs to Patty Jenkins for Wonder Woman, they do have plans to make that happen in the relatively near future. We already know that Oscar winner Brie Larson will be playing the title role in Captain Marvel, now, all eyes are on who is going to direct. As expected, Marvel is definitely looking to go with a female Captain Marvel director, and they reportedly have their initial shortlist.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has narrowed their search to three top choices; Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria. That doesn't mean that the studio is ready to make an announcement soon, as the report notes sources are claiming Marvel is taking their time, and being very deliberate. According to the report,
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Hunt For Captain Marvel Director Narrows As New Shortlist Of Names Emerge

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is narrowing down a list of names for who will take the helm of Captain Marvel. The latest candidates are Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter and Lorene Scafaria, and they're said to be the top choices after being picked from a shortlist which was previously revealed to include the likes of Jennifer Kent (The Babadook) and Jennifer Yuh (Kung Fu Panda 2). Caro helmed the Oscar nominated Whale Rider along with North Country starring Charlize Theron and The Zookeeper's Wife with Jessica Chastain. Glatter is best known for her television work as one of Homeland's main directors (she's been nominated for an Emmy this year) as well as shows like Ray Donovan and True Blood. Scafaria meanwhile wrote Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and recently directed both Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and The Meddler. An interesting mix,
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‘Captain Marvel’ Director Shortlist Includes Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria

‘Captain Marvel’ Director Shortlist Includes Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria
Now that Captain Marvel has its Captain Marvel, it’s honing in on a director to bring the superhero to life. Marvel Studios has reportedly whittled down the list of contenders, and emerged with a shortlist that includes Niki Caro (Whale Rider), Lesli Linka Glatter (TV’s Homeland and Mad Men), and Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World). […]

The post ‘Captain Marvel’ Director Shortlist Includes Niki Caro, Lesli Linka Glatter, and Lorene Scafaria appeared first on /Film.
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Film News: Gillian Jacobs at Chicago’s Music Box Theatre on Aug. 9, 2016 for ‘Don’t Think Twice’

Chicago – The Most Valuable Player, in a film that is brimming with great performances, is Gillian Jacobs (“Community”) of “Don’t Think Twice.” The Mike Birblglia-directed film is in the midst of a run at Chicago’s historic Music Box Theatre, and Jacobs will make an appearance on behalf of the film starting at 7:30pm on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016. For more information, click here.

Part backstage show business story, part understanding of creative (and other types of) partnering, “Don’t Think Twice” blends the elements through the centerpiece of the improvisation stage – a particular kind of comedy presentation that relies on those stage partners and an individual’s ability to make a quick decision. Sometimes – like in life – those partners have your back, or can just as quickly and suddenly leave you behind. This is Mike Birbiglia’s second film, and it shows a progress and maturity as a
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7 Comedians Who Have Successfuly Gone Dark

It is a universally acknowledged fact that comedy is hard. The best comedians might make it look effortless, but truly great witticism exists only in the sweet spot where the art and science of humour overlap. The most successful artists in this arena spend years honing their craft – training, performing, and perfecting their skill-set, so we can have a moment or two of levity, and they can have their voices heard.

This is, perhaps, why the comedic greats are beloved. They provide comfort and reassurance when we need it, by generating laughter that skewers the familiar. For comedy to work, it often needs to be relatable in some way – so that sense of connection we have to our favourite comedians can be incredibly strong. For this reason, when a beloved comedian suddenly delivers a dramatic role, it can be even more affecting than if it were performed by a celebrated dramatic actor.
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