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Navigating This Life Together: November’s VOD and Web Series Picks

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Friendships between women often don’t receive the attention they deserve in the narratives we consume. So the women behind this month’s VOD and web series picks have taken things into their own hands: they’ve directed, written, and created stories focusing on characters just trying to make it through life — with their best friends in tow, of course.

Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Micaela Ramazzoti star in “Like Crazy,” our VOD pick. Co-written by Francesca Archibugi, this film tells the story of two eccentric women who break out of a mental institution in search of something more. “Quarter Life*,” a web series written by Celia Quillian and Shelli Delgado, follows a pair of women that form a powerful bond when they’re partnered up for a post-college internship.

Adulting,” a web series written by Cassidy Davis, continues the motif of women facing the world together, as it shows two friends moving to the big city in an attempt to adult and begin new careers. Creators Brynn Peebles and Brianna Wiens round things off with “Girls vs. The City.” Like all the stories mentioned above, the web series’ main characters are at each other’s side as they navigate life, love, and everything else.

Here are Women and Hollywood’s VOD and web series selections for November.

VOD

Like Crazy” — Co-Written by Francesca Archibugi

Like Crazy

Like Crazy,” co-written by Francesca Archibugi, tells the story of an unpredictable friendship that forms between two women in a progressive but secure psychiatric clinic. Beatrice (Valeria Bruni Tedeschi), a “self-styled billionaire countess who likes to believe she’s on intimate terms with world leaders,” bonds with Donatella (Micaela Ramazotti), a “tattooed introvert [and] fragile young woman locked in her own mystery.”

This film takes us on an unexpected journey where we see the world as the protagonists see it: an “open-air nuthouse.” And it’s only together that they discover what happiness means and what they’re willing to do to obtain it in a culture that has stigmatized them.

Stream “Like Crazy” on Netflix or rent or buy it on Vimeo.

Web Series

“Quarter Life*” — Written by Celia Quillian and Shelli Delgado

“Quarter Life*”

Celia Quillian and Shelli Delgado write and star in “Quarter Life*,” which follows two young women leaving college behind and stepping out into the real world. When they’re promoted from interns to video content producers, the characters Celia and Shelli become friends who face everyday challenges, “including odd coworkers, roommates and rent, staying fit, and dating, on and offline,” together.

Right away, it’s easy to connect to these two. In the first two minutes of the first episode you’re able to recognize yourself in Celia and Shelli: like the rest of us, they ignore their alarm over and over until they’re in a mad dash to get ready for work, multitask the hell out of their mornings, and dither over their appearance.

You can watch the entire first season of “Quarter Life” on YouTube.

Adulting” — Written by Cassidy Davis

Adulting

Katie (writer Cassidy Davis) and Charlie (Mallory Fuccella) are trying to follow their dreams in “Adulting.” Moving to the big city, they’re ready to attempt to be adults — the keyword being “attempt.” They struggle with relatable things like finding an apartment, parking, and dealing with people who are ready to write them off. As we watch them it’s easy to relate with their day to day adult woes.

What makes “Adulting” unique and hilarious is the way that the filming pulls you into Katie and Charlie’s story and makes you notice things that are seemingly ordinary, but at second glance are actually weird and unforgettable. The laid back landlord who won’t stop chewing gum, for example, or the creeper that somehow pops up everywhere with a flower on hand.

Check out new episodes of “Adulting” every Wednesday on YouTube.

“Girls vs. The City” — Created by Brynn Peebles and Brianna Wiens

“Girls vs. The City”

“Girls vs. The City” stars and is created by Brynn Peebles and Brianna Wiens. The web series follows characters Brynn and Brianna, who exist in an in-between stage: they’re not really young, but they’re by no means adults, either. They grapple with work and life, and attempt to fit in with the strange characters in their city.

Despite everything that comes their way — turtle neck dress-wearing millennials planning their proposals with tea cup pigs, and hot creeps that hand out fliers advising people to follow their “pleasure path”— Brynn and Brianna keep pushing forward and inciting laughter.

You can watch the entire first season “Girls vs. The City” on YouTube.

Navigating This Life Together: November’s VOD and Web Series Picks 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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‘Newness’ Clip: Nicholas Hoult & Laia Costa Talk About Love [Exclusive]

The connective spark with somebody new can be exciting, but does that flood of emotion always lead to love? That question is at the heart of “Newness,” the latest effort by Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy,” “Breathe In“). And today, we have an exclusive clip from the film.

Read More: ‘Newness’ Trailer: Nicholas Hoult Discovers Hookup Apps

Led by Nicholas Hoult (who also starred in Doremus’ “Equals“) and Laia Costa, the story follows Martin and Gabi, who meet through the dating app Winx, and find themselves talking into the early hours.

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Anton Yelchin Honored at Emotional Celebration of Life by Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana and More Stars

Anton Yelchin Honored at Emotional Celebration of Life by Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe Saldana and More Stars
Anton Yelchin was commemorated by his family and costars Sunday in a touching and heartfelt celebration of life at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles.

The actor, who died at the age of 27 in June 2016 after he was pinned by his own car at his Studio City, California, home, left an unforgettable impression on those who worked with him, such as Zoë Saldana, who starred alongside him in Star Trek.

“It is a bitter sweet moment, because we’re here for Anton, and he’s not here with us,” she said. “But, it alleviates my heart knowing that we’ll keep him alive.
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First Trailer for Drake Doremus' Piercing Relationship Drama 'Newness'

"Maybe love is not enough." Apple has debuted the official trailer for Drake Doremus' new film Newness, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. This indie, relationship drama is a piercing criticism of the current dating world based on apps and the freedom to hook up with whoever, whenever, without really caring deeply about love. Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa star as two people who quickly fall for each other in Los Angeles, but deal with troubles in their relationship down the line. The cast includes Danny Huston, Pom Klementieff, and Matthew Gray Gubler. I saw this at Sundance and it's good, very raw and emotional and brutally honest, but just not as good as Like Crazy. Worth a look anyway. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Drake Doremus' Newness, direct from YouTube: In contemporary L.A., two unacquainted millennials, spend their weekends
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‘Newness’ Trailer: Nicholas Hoult & Laia Costa Find Love and Sex on Social Media

The first trailer for Newness has been released online, offering a first look at the new film from Like Crazy and Equals filmmaker Drake Doremus. The romantic drama takes a modern look at love and sex and stars Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa as two strangers who meet on a Tinder-like app and subsequently strike up a relationship, which they agree to make open. I caught the movie at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and it’s a really fascinating, moving look at how social media has altered the Millennial approach to romance. Hoult and Costa are …
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‘Newness’ Trailer: Nicholas Hoult Swipes Right in This Sexy Meditation on Internet Romance

‘Newness’ Trailer: Nicholas Hoult Swipes Right in This Sexy Meditation on Internet Romance
Drake Doremus has become one of the indie film world’s constant observers of disconnected romance, from his breakthrough debut “Like Crazy” to “Breathe In” and the Kristen Stewart-starring “Equals,” and he continues firmly in this wheelhouse in his next feature, “Newness.” The romance drama premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and reunites the director with his “Equals” leading man Nicholas Hoult.

Read More:‘Newness’ Review: Nicholas Hoult And Laia Costa Can’t Save Drake Doremus’ Dating App Drama

Newness” stars Hoult and “Victoria’ breakout Laia Costa as two Los Angeles millennials who match on a social media dating app and begin an intense and challenging open relationship. Danny Huston, Courtney Eaton, and Matthew Gray Gubler co-star.

“‘Newness’ is a very emotionally and physically bare movie — there’s nowhere to hide,” Doremus said to People, which has premiered the official first trailer below. “I think the
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‘Newness’ Trailer: Nicholas Hoult Discovers Hookup Apps

The anguish of having to choose between dating Felicity Jones and dating Jennifer Lawrence was the subject of Drake Doremus‘ starry romantic downer “Like Crazy,” which won the Grand Jury Prize for Drama at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. For his upcoming film “Newness,” he’s going with a more likely premise. It’s about a relationship between a pharmacist (Nicholas Hoult) and a physical therapist (Laia Costa) that begins after they meet via a hookup app called Winx.

Continue reading ‘Newness’ Trailer: Nicholas Hoult Discovers Hookup Apps at The Playlist.
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Nicholas Hoult Falls in Love - and Into a Sexy Open Relationship - in First Newness Trailer

Nicholas Hoult Falls in Love - and Into a Sexy Open Relationship - in First Newness Trailer
Nicholas Hoult’s latest movie explores the boundaries of a relationship in the modern age.

The British actor stars alongside Spanish-born Laia Costa in Newness — a sexy tale about a romance that gets complicated when the couple decides to explore their desires towards other people.

“I like new things — I like a lot of newness,” Costa says forebodingly at the beginning of the trailer, exclusive to People. The rest of the clip shows the couple’s dissent into a rocky path as the two try to navigate their own love while openly dating other people before their bond starts to unravel as things grow complicated.
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‘Porto’ Trailer: The Late Anton Yelchin Delivers a Haunting Performance in Upcoming Drama — Watch

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‘Porto’ Trailer: The Late Anton Yelchin Delivers a Haunting Performance in Upcoming Drama — Watch
Anton Yelchin passed away after a tragic accident in 2016, but will be long remembered for his past and upcoming projects. His performances in “Like Crazy,” “Alpha Dog,” and the “Star Trek” franchise preface his upcoming role in “Porto” with melancholic hope.

Read More:‘Porto’: Anton Yelchin-Starring Romantic Drama Picked Up By Kino Lorber Ahead of SXSW Premiere

The late actor is set to appear in a number of unreleased films, including the romantic drama “Porto.” Directed by Gabe Klinger, it tells the story of a passionate affair between Jake, a reclusive American, and Mati (Lucie Lucas), a French student in the Portuguese city of the film’s title. The film is a collection of fragmented images and moments as the characters reminisce years later. Although Mati and Jake spend their lives apart, they both feel haunted by the powerful moments they shared.

Fusing time, movement, and character, “Porto
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Lee Brice Unveils Self-Titled Album: Hear the First Single, ‘What Keeps You Up At Night’

It won’t be hard to love Lee Brice’s latest album!

On Thursday, the country star unveiled his fourth studio project, a self-titled 15-track album, which is out November 3 on Curb Records — and People has the exclusive premiere of his track, “What Keeps You Up At Night.”

“The idea is based on a book written by our pastor and friend, Mr. Pete Wilson where he asks, ‘what keeps you up at night?'” the 38-year-old artist tells Peole about where he drew inspiration from for the single. “I hadn’t read the book yet, but I immediately felt like
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Tiff 2017: ‘The Leisure Seeker’ Review: Dir. Paolo Virzì (2017)

The Leisure Seeker review: Screen veterans Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland lead the cast and carry this pensioner-plotted comedy drama from Like Crazy director Paolo Virzì.

The Leisure Seeker review by Paul Heath.

Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland have been married for nearly fifty years. The two have decided to take to the road in the titular ‘Leisure Seeker’ a classic Winnebago that they’ve used for family vacations for years. They are heading south from their Massachusetts home, down to Florida to visit Hemingway’s home, a treat for Sutherland’s retired teacher John, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. It is apparent very early on that Mirren’s Ella is also not well, a tumour gradually taking over her body, so this trip seems to be a last hurrah for he both of them, leaving their two children worried back home.

The film is essentially a road-trip from start to finish,
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Tiff 2017: ‘The Leisure Seeker’ Reaction

Our coverage of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival continues and here’s our reaction to the Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland movie The Leisure Seeker.

Canadian acting legend Donald Sutherland and Academy Award winner Helen Mirren star in this wise and witty road movie set in today’s divided United States. The English-language debut of Italian director Paolo Virzì (Like Crazy), The Leisure Seeker takes an entire country as its canvas and a couple of aging adventurers as its lovable heroes.

Ella (Mirren) is dying of cancer. John (Sutherland) is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Neither is interested in quietly fading away surrounded by nurses and machines just to needlessly prolong a winnowing life. With the end of the road in sight, Ella opts to tune up their vintage Rv and hit the highway, travelling from Boston to Florida with John behind the wheel. He may not always be cognisant
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Donald Sutherland Struggles With Alzheimer's in 'The Leisure Seeker' (Exclusive Video)

Donald Sutherland Struggles With Alzheimer's in 'The Leisure Seeker' (Exclusive Video)
Helen Mirren is upbeat alongside Donald Sutherland in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive clip of The Leisure Seeker.

Mirren stars in the dramedy as Ella, who is dying of cancer, opposite Sutherland as John, a retired professor who is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Rather than spending their last days in a nursing home or a hospital bed, they dust off their titular vintage Rv for a final road trip from Boston to Key West.

The Sony Pictures Classics release is based on Michael Zadoorian's 2009 novel, and marks the English-language debut of Italian director Paolo Virzi (Like Crazy). It made its...
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Focus Features Boards ‘The Leisure Seeker’ With Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland (Exclusive)

Focus Features Boards ‘The Leisure Seeker’ With Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland (Exclusive)
Venice, Italy — Focus Features has acquired U.K. rights to Paolo Virzi’s “The Leisure Seeker,” a heartwarming drama starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland that is world premiering at Venice Film Festival and will then sail to Toronto.

Represented in international markets by Paris-based Bac Films, “The Leisure Seeker” has now sold out worldwide. Bac recently sold the movie to Gaga for Japan.

One of the most anticipated films playing at Venice, “The Leisure Seeker” follows a runaway couple (Mirren and Sutherland) who embark on a cross-country journey from Boston to the Florida Keys in their vintage camper to escape from the suffocating care of their doctors and grown children.

“The U.K. is a key territory in Europe, especially for a film like ‘The Leisure Seeker,’ which has a big potential, so it was crucial for us to find a very strong partner like Focus Features,” said Bac Films’s Marie Garrett, who
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‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017

‘Carol’ Comes to Netflix: See the Full List of Films to Binge in September 2017
Netflix may be in massive debt, but that hasn’t changed much for the streaming giant, which announced a robust list of new additions today. Todd Haynes’ “Carol” is heading to Netflix, as well as two other masterpieces from provocative auteurs: Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” and Darren Aronofsky’s “Requiem for a Dream.” As the summer movie season winds down, Netflix has plenty of gems to carry you into fall.

Other titles heading to the streaming service include the entire “Jaws” franchise, Martin Scorsese’s Daniel Day Lewis vehicle “Gangs of New York,” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Squid and the Whale.” Check out the complete list of all the new films joining Netflix in September, 2017 below, including our 7 must-see choices.

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September kicks off with “Amores Perros,” the breakout feature from “Birdman” and “The Revenant” director Alejandro González Iñárritu.
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Giant Trump Chicken Cracks Up Twitter

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Giant Trump Chicken Cracks Up Twitter
President Trump is on a golf trip in New Jersey this week, but his presence is still hovering over the White House in the shape of a giant inflatable chicken. The effigy — or should we say egg-ify? — took roost on the a grassy spot known as the Ellipse overlooking the presidential home on Wednesday afternoon. Starring somewhat disapprovingly across at the White House, the golden-haired foul captivated both tourists and Washington, DC, media crews. Also Read: That Time Trump Said He'd 'Negotiate Like Crazy' With North Korea... Back in 1999 (Video) According to the Washington Post, the Trump chicken has appeared.
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Felicity Jones Replacing Natalie Portman in Mimi Leder’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg Biopic

Felicity Jones in “Like Crazy”: Paramount Pictures

Felicity Jones is taking on the role of the Notorious Rbg. The “Rogue One” star is set to replace Natalie Portman as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder’s “On the Basis Of Sex.” Deadline broke the story.

Written by Daniel Stiepelman, Ginsburg’s nephew, the biopic will trace Ginsburg’s fight for equality as she establishes her law career and rises through the professional ranks. She eventually became the first Jewish female justice on the Supreme Court. Stiepelman’s script made the Hit List, the Black List, and the first ever Athena List in 2014.

Portman has long been attached to portray Ginsburg and actually lobbied for the project to hire a female director. “Natalie Portman came to talk to me about this, and we had a very good conversation,” Ginsburg herself said when Marielle Heller (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”) was originally attached to helm “On the Basis of Sex.” “And one thing, interesting, that she insisted on, it held up the project for awhile. She said, ‘I want the director to be a woman. There are not enough women in this industry.’”

Continuing this conversation with Marie Claire UK, Portman explained, “I don’t think women and men are more or less capable [as directors], we just have a clear issue with women not having opportunities.” She added, “We need to be part of the solution, not perpetuating the problem.”

No word yet on why Portman left the film, but it’s surprising to see her drop out of what was clearly a passion project.

“On the Basis of Sex” will begin production in Montreal this September. Robert W. Cort (“Save the Last Dance”) is serving as producer and Ram Bergman (“Looper”) is executive producing.

Jones recently signed on to star in an adaptation of “Swan Lake.” Black List topper Kristina Lauren Anderson is writing the as-yet untitled film. Jones’ last movie, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” grossed over $1 billion worldwide. The Oscar-nominated actress’ other credits include “A Monster Calls,” “The Theory of Everything,” and “Like Crazy.”

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FilmNation makes first TV sale with 'White Fur'

FilmNation makes first TV sale with 'White Fur'
Amazon buys 1980s-set one-hour drama to be directed by Drake Doremus.

FilmNation Entertainment has sold its first TV show to frequent film collaborator Amazon, the one-hour romantic television drama White Fur that Drake Doremus will direct.

Adapted by Jardine Libaire from her second novel, White Fur is a transgressive love story that follows a young couple who battle class divide and social conformity in New York.

Drake Doremus (pictured) is set to direct, making his first foray into television. Doremus’ previous work includes feature films Like Crazy, winner of the Sundance 2011 grand jury prize, and Equals, which screened at Venice in 2015.

His latest feature Newness starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa recently sold to Netflix after debuting in Park City earlier this year.

FilmNation’s Ben Browning, Brenda Vogel and Glen Basner will serve as executive producers on White Fur, alongside Doremus. Libaire will serve as co-executive producer.

This latest FilmNation project comes after the company hired Brenda Vogel
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FilmNation makes first foray into TV with 'White Fur'

FilmNation makes first foray into TV with 'White Fur'
Amazon buys 1980s-set one-hour drama to be directed by Drake Doremus.

FilmNation Entertainment has sold its first TV show to frequent film collaborator Amazon, the one-hour romantic television drama White Fur that Drake Doremus will direct.

Adapted by Jardine Libaire from her second novel, White Fur is a transgressive love story that follows a young couple who battle class divide and social conformity in New York.

Drake Doremus (pictured) is set to direct, making his first foray into television. Doremus’ previous work includes feature films Like Crazy, winner of the Sundance 2011 grand jury prize, and Equals, which screened at Venice in 2015.

His latest feature Newness starring Nicholas Hoult and Laia Costa recently sold to Netflix after debuting in Park City earlier this year.

FilmNation’s Ben Browning, Brenda Vogel and Glen Basner will serve as executive producers on White Fur, alongside Doremus. Libaire will serve as co-executive producer.

This latest FilmNation project comes after the company hired Brenda Vogel
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Amazon Picks Up Romantic Drama ‘White Fur,’ Sets Drake Doremus to Direct First Television Series

Amazon Picks Up Romantic Drama ‘White Fur,’ Sets Drake Doremus to Direct First Television Series
Drake Doremus is heading to the small screen. The indie director behind such hot-and-heavy romances as “Like Crazy” and “Equals” is taking his talents to a newly announced series that sounds very much in line with his taste.

FilmNation Entertainment has announced today that it has sold one-hour romantic television drama “White Fur” to Amazon, with Doremus on board to direct the so-called “transgressive and epic love story.” Author Jardine Libaire will adapt her own novel of the same name for the series, marking her first entree into the entertainment space. FilmNation Entertainment’s Ben Browning, Brenda Vogel and Glen Basner will executive produce with Doremus. Libaire is co-executive producer.

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The series will follow “a young couple who battles the class divide and social conformity in 1980s New York.”

“Amazon is building an
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