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Fashion Flashback: Laura Dern Remembers Her Favorite Frocks

Fashion Flashback: Laura Dern Remembers Her Favorite Frocks
Laura Dern — daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern — first attended the awards ceremony at age 7. “The Oscars to me as a kid were about achievement, and the achievement was connected to really raw human characters,” says Dern. In 1992, she and Ladd made Oscar history with their mother-daughter nods for “Rambling Rose,” and she earned another Oscar nom, plus three Globe victories and two noms on top of that. Dern stars in series “Big Little Lies” and “Twin Peaks,” where style and storytelling go hand in hand.

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Dern served as the youngest-ever Miss Golden Globe in 1982 — and went on to receive Globe nods for “Rambling Rose” in 1992, “Afterburn” in 1993 (also her first win), and “The Baby Dance” in 1999. The year of her fourth nom, for docudrama “Recount,” she wore this linear design by Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton. “I knew Marc, and so it was a great privilege to wear him specifically,” says Dern, who
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Film Society of Lincoln Center to Host Evening with Laura Dern

Dern in “Big Little Lies

“Few actors of her generation have amassed as consistent, eclectic, and dazzling a body of work as Laura Dern,” a press release from the Film Society of Lincoln Center reads. The film presentation organization is celebrating the two-time Oscar nominee by hosting an evening with the “Big Little Lies” actress and screening some of her films on December 14.

Dern’s career spans over three decades and includes roles in “Rambling Rose,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Blue Velvet.” She “has never shied away from challenges — indeed, she has boldly sought them out in pursuit of cinematic art,” the press release details. She’ll discuss her experiences in the industry on-stage at the event, which will be preceded by a day-long celebration of some of her best-loved work with screenings of “Wild at Heart,” “Citizen Ruth,” and “Smooth Talk.”

Back in September the “Enlightened” alumna spoke out about equal pay.
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Critics Pick the TV Shows That Get Mental Health Right — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the TV Shows That Get Mental Health Right — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV show — former or current — that handles mental illness well?

Joyce Eng (@joyceeng61), TVGuide.com

Bojack Horseman,” especially Season 4, is almost peerless when it comes to a raw, honest portrayal of mental health. His depression and anxiety aren’t deployed as plot devices like we’ve seen plenty of times elsewhere; they’re just part of him and none of it is rubbed in your face. He’s allowed to be, break down, self-destruct, and the show never offers quick fixes or easy answers. “Stupid Piece of Sh*t” is a brutal depiction, even if you don’t suffer from depression or anxiety,
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Critics Pick the TV Shows That Get Mental Health Right — IndieWire Survey

Critics Pick the TV Shows That Get Mental Health Right — IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV show — former or current — that handles mental illness well?

Joyce Eng (@joyceeng61), TVGuide.com

Bojack Horseman,” especially Season 4, is almost peerless when it comes to a raw, honest portrayal of mental health. His depression and anxiety aren’t deployed as plot devices like we’ve seen plenty of times elsewhere; they’re just part of him and none of it is rubbed in your face. He’s allowed to be, break down, self-destruct, and the show never offers quick fixes or easy answers. “Stupid Piece of Sh*t” is a brutal depiction, even if you don’t suffer from depression or anxiety,
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5 reasons to see Brad's Status

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5 reasons to see Brad's Status5 reasons to see Brad's StatusAdriana Floridia9/26/2017 2:49:00 Pm

Ben Stiller's new film, Brad's Status, sees the actor in a role that has grown to be his forte.

While Stiller is primarily known for his work in comedies, he's also ventured into the indie film world, and often plays a man having a mid-life crisis. No crisis has been quite as intense as the one we get from him in Brad's Status, the new film from Mike White that gets us deep inside of his protagonist's head. Stiller plays a father who is touring universities with his college-bound son in Boston, all the while realizing that his friends are more successful than him, and that his son likely will be too.

Brad's Status played at Tiff earlier this month, and it was one of our favourite films of the festival. Here are 5 reasons why
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TVLine Items: Dylan/Dermot Team-Up, Michael Jackson's Halloween and More

Is this even allowed by the laws of the universe? Dylan McDermott and Dermot Mulroney — whom you’ve no doubt confused once or twice — will share the screen for the first time when the latter guest-stars on the former’s midseason Fox airline comedy La to Vegas.

Per EW.com, McDermott’s Captain Dave will match wits with rival pilot Captain Steve (Mulroney), who has a magnetic, rock-star charm.

Mulroney recently appeared on FX’s American Horror Story: Cult and starred in CBS’ short-lived medical drama Pure Genius. His other TV credits include Shameless, Crisis, New Girl, Enlightened and Friends.
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Mike White on ‘Brad’s Status,’ Ben Stiller & Mid-Life Crises

Writer and director Mike White has built a career out of the eccentric neurosis that has been part of his persona since childhood. The 47-year-old filmmaker has a unique voice which can be seen and heard in HBO’s “Enlightened,” 2000’s indie sensation “Chuck and Buck, the screenplay for “The School of Rock” and just this month in a film he both wrote and directed entitled “Brad’s Status.”

In the latter, Ben Stiller plays Brad a middle-aged man going through a mid-life crisis as he tours his son (Austin Abrams) around prospective colleges in “Brad’s Status.” Narrating the film, Brad overthinks his status in life in comparison to those he went to college with.

Continue reading Mike White on ‘Brad’s Status,’ Ben Stiller & Mid-Life Crises at The Playlist.
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Laura Dern Is Now an Emmy Winner and Everything Is Right With the World

Laura Dern Is Now an Emmy Winner and Everything Is Right With the World
Laura Dern is now an Emmy winner. Let’s just repeat that since it sounds so good: Laura Dern is now an Emmy winner. The actress won top honors in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category for her turn as Renata Klein on HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” The victory marks a high point in a year that has seen Dern return to peak. Her role as Diane Evans in “Twin Peaks: The Return” earned acclaimed from fans, and she’ll next be seen in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”

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Dern’s win for “Big Little Lies” follows five previous Emmy nominations. She last earned a nomination in 2013 in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category for “Enlightened.” Dern’s performance on “Big Little Lies” summarized what was so great about the series. What on
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Review: Brad's Status

by Murtada

Brad’s Status, the new film from Mike White (the creator of Enlightened and the writer of Chuck And Buck) is about a forty-something man’s emotional crisis. That information made me giddy with anticipation. Could White have come up with the male version of Amy Jellicoe in Ben Stiller’s Brad Sloan? Are we in for an emotional ride with a polarizing but endearing character with rough but compulsively watchable qualities?

Alas, no. If you were expecting all that, I’d say go in with tempered expectations...
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'Brad's Status' Review: Ben Stiller Is in Peak Form in 'Brad's Status'

'Brad's Status' Review: Ben Stiller Is in Peak Form in 'Brad's Status'
So you think a typical teen worries about getting into the right college. Get a load of Brad's Status, a high-anxiety satire from writer-director Mike White that focuses on a parent who thinks the process is far more traumatic for him. Enter Ben Stiller in one of his best and most acutely observed performances as Brad Sloan, a father taking his musical genius son, Troy (a standout Austin Abrams), on a tour of east-coast colleges. Mom Melanie (Jenna Fischer) had to work. Troy has the props to make the grade,
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‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Ben Stiller’s a Dad on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

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‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Ben Stiller’s a Dad on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Ben Stiller is the kind of actor whose default expression is around 5 on the face pain scale, and that tenuous middle ground between hurt and happiness is the bittersweet spot in which writer-director Mike White’s masterfully handled seriocomic character study “Brad’s Status” operates. Recalling the wincingly funny neurotic rabbit holes of Albert Brooks’ best work, not to mention White’s own previous heartfelt gems about well-meaning fumblers (“Year of the Dog,” HBO’s “Enlightened”), this bitingly amusing, ultimately emotional story of a dad barely managing an envy-driven midlife crisis — as he shepherds his son on a tour of
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‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Ben Stiller Gives a Soulful Performance in Mike White’s Heartfelt Father-Son Tale — Tiff

‘Brad’s Status’ Review: Ben Stiller Gives a Soulful Performance in Mike White’s Heartfelt Father-Son Tale — Tiff
There’s a standout moment in “Brad’s Status” when Brad Sloan (Ben Stiller) sits down at a bar with a college-aged woman less than half his age who puts him in his place. After he spends hours drunkenly whining about his life’s work at a non-profit, expressing concerns that he never gets enough respect, she offers a succinct rejoinder that bursts his bubble in an instant. The scene epitomizes the movie’s appeal: Writer-director Mike White’s screenplay juggles warmth with a caustic edge that doesn’t only put Brad in his place; it sums up the essence of Stiller’s performances, giving a slew of solipsistic characters the medicine they deserve.

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In the process, it also consolidates Stiller’s recurring motifs into a deeper, more melancholic version. Trapped in his
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Toronto Film Review: Ben Stiller in ‘Brad’s Status’

Toronto Film Review: Ben Stiller in ‘Brad’s Status’
It’s hard to say how it happened, but over the past decade, Ben Stiller has effectively cornered the market on playing malcontent middle-aged white guys. So, while this is the first time he’s actually embodied Brad Sloan — the married and miserable fiftysomething who frets his way through “Brad’s Status” — this latest performance is basically just a slight variation on the characters he tackled in “While We’re Young,” “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and, most recently, “The Meyerowitz Stories.”

A piercing satire of first-world privilege from sardonic maestro Mike White (the writer behind “Beatriz at Dinner” and HBO’s “Enlightened”), “Brad’s Status” takes a tough, critical look at a one-time idealist (and fulltime egotist) who’s about to send his teenage son Troy (Austin Abrams) off to college. Instead of putting himself in his son’s shoes, Brad spends most of his time obsessing about his own failures, comparing
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'Brad's Status': Film Review | Tiff 2017

'Brad's Status': Film Review | Tiff 2017
Writer-director Mike White has dabbled in mainstream studio entertainment (his screenplays for The School of Rock and, less happily, The Emoji Movie), but his specialty is that slipperier, spikier sub-genre: the comedy of discomfort. His debut behind the camera, Year of the Dog, and his late, great HBO series Enlightened, as well as three films he wrote, Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl and Beatriz at Dinner, were all squirm-inducing portraits of people stumbling — and sometimes sliding toward madness — in their quest for meaning.

White's work is deadpan, with sharp stabs of satire, but what distinguishes him from a...
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Laura Dern on “Changing the Game for Actresses Over 40” and Equal Pay

Laura Dern in “Big Little Lies

Laura Dern is up for an Emmy for her role on “Big Little Lies,” and she’s loudly and proudly acknowledging the impact of the hit HBO series. “We’re changing the game for actresses over 40,” she said of the murder mystery at the Deauville Film Festival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-time Oscar nominee also sounded off about how female-led stories differ on TV and film and the importance of equal pay.

The two-time Oscar nominee celebrated “Big Little Lie’s” “wealth of great female characters” at the event. Also earning Emmy nods are Dern’s co-stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley. The former two served as producers. “You want [everyone] to win so they can go up together and they can all say how lucky we are to be collaborating,” she joked. The “Certain Women” star described her colleagues’ work as “brave, raw, hilarious, and heartbreaking,” and emphasized that “you can’t say one is better than anyone else.”

Dern seemed to attribute some of the “Big Little Lies’” success to the medium the story was told through. She identified TV as “a place where filmmakers have more autonomy to explore without the pressure of an opening weekend. It’s exciting for female-driven material and female characters, there’s no one saying, ‘She needs to be little nicer,’ or ‘She needs to be a little less complicated.’”

It’s worth noting, however, that “Big Little Lies” was written by David E. Kelly and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée — two men. The small screen has — deservedly — earned a better rep than film for offering women multidimensional roles in recent years, but the number of women with the opportunity to write and direct for TV remains disappointingly low (and men still outnumber women when it comes to major characters and speaking roles on TV).

Dern is well-aware that Hollywood has a long way to go. She said that her mother, Diane Ladd, fought for equal pay back in the ’70s, and she’s surprised so little has changed in three decades. “We are demanding nothing less right now,” Dern said of equal pay — but she recognizes it’s still not happening.

The “Enlightened” alumna addressed her own resume and how it falls short when it comes to collaborating with women directors. “People will ask me why I haven’t worked with more women directors — it’s because they didn’t get the job. And it’s tragic,” she said. “But if a financier is hiring, from a list of directors it is rare that one female name is on there.”

A second season of “Big Little Lies” has yet to be confirmed. The show’s success with audiences and critics will hopefully help convince execs that there is indeed a demand for series about female characters over 40. According to The Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film, during the 2015–16 TV season, “the majority of female characters were in their 20s and 30s (56 percent), whereas the majority of male characters were in their 30s and 40s (60 percent)” on streaming and cable programs.

Laura Dern on “Changing the Game for Actresses Over 40” and Equal Pay 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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It, mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and more movies to see this September

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It, mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and more movies to see this SeptemberIt, mother!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and more movies to see this SeptemberAdriana Floridia8/30/2017 11:01:00 Am

September is a month of new beginnings.

Summer fades into fall, school begins again, and the movie world is buzzing with the Toronto International Film Festival, which we're lucky to host here in Canada. However, even if you can't make it to Tiff, quite a few titles from the festival open in theatres across the country in September, so you can still be a part of the conversation.

Not only that, but there's plenty of highly-anticipated blockbusters opening this month, including the re-make of Stephen King's It, the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service, and another Lego inspired animated adventure.

Check out our list of the movies you need to see this September!

It

Release Date: September 8th

See it with:
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Beatriz At Dinner Starring Salma Hayek and John Lithgow Available on Digital HD August 29th and DVD September 12th

Oscar nominees Salma Hayek (Frida, How to Be a Latin Lover) and John Lithgow (Terms of Endearment, “The Crown”) lead an all-star cast in Beatriz at Dinner, arriving on Digital HD on August 29 and on DVD and On Demand September 12 from Lionsgate. The provocative and sharply hilarious film about characters from vastly different sociopolitical backgrounds colliding over dinner is written by Mike White (School of Rock, TV’s “Enlightened”) and directed by Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt, The Good Girl), and also features Chloe Sevigny (TV’s “Big Love,” Boys Don’t Cry), Connie Britton (TV’s “Friday Night Lights,” “Nashville”), Amy Landecker (TV’s “Transparent,” Doctor Strange), and Jay Duplass (TV’s “Transparent,” “Togetherness”).

Salma Hayek shines in this provocatively funny fish-out-of-water comedy. Beatriz (Hayek), an immigrant from a poor Mexican town, draws upon her innate kindness as a spiritual health practitioner in L.A. Doug Strutt (Lithgow) is
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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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25 Indie Films and Festival Favorites to See This Season, From ‘mother!’ to ‘Call Me By Your Name’

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All this week, IndieWire is rolling out our annual Fall Preview, including the very best indie cinema has to offer, all the awards contenders you need to know about, and even blockbuster fare that seems poised to please the most discerning tastes, all with an eye towards introducing you to all the new movies you need to get through a jam-packed fall movie-going season. Check back every day for a new look at the best the season has to offer, and clear your schedule, because we’re going to fill it right up. First up: indie films and festival favorites.

“mother!” (September 15)

The return of Darren Aronofsky should be enough to get any cinephile back to the theater, but the fact that “mother!” has remained so secretive with just under a month to go has only made anticipation higher. Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a couple whose lives are
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Who Plays Claire on Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later?

Wet Hot American Summer returned to Netflix on Aug. 4 with an eight-episode series subtitled Ten Years Later, a nod to the 2001 film where a group of counselors agree to meet up 10 years after their memorable Summer. But never the type to shy away from cheeky winks and nods, creators David Wain and Michael Showalter decided to add a couple new cast members to the sequel in the form of characters they decided had been there the whole time. Enter Claire and Mark, a couple edited into scenes from the original movie and 2015 prequel series, First Day of Camp, who are now a power couple living in New York City. You may have recognized Mark Feuerstein as Mark, as he's been in a ton of TV, including recurring on The West Wing and playing the lead role on Royal Pains. But you may be wondering where you've seen Claire before. Related
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