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Recommended New Books on Filmmaking: ‘Dunkirk,’ Stan Brakhage, ‘Valerian,’ and More

18 October 2017 5:43 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s time to catch up with some of the most interesting cinema-centric books of the last few months, and it’s a diverse list. There’s some Lego, some Nolan, some Star Wars (of course), and even some vintage Stan Brakhage. That’s range.

Off the Cliff: Making of Thelma & Louise by Becky Aikman (Penguin Press)

The career of Ridley Scott is full of peaks and valleys. One of the peaks was the release of Thelma & Louise in 1991. The cultural impact of this story of two female outlaws cannot be overstated, and Becky Aikman’s account of the making of the film helps explain why. Thelma & Louise involved a unique cast of characters, including stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis, as well as a young hunk named Brad Pitt. But the most memorable figures here are Scott, who knew his career needed a change but could not originally see »

- Christopher Schobert

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Mayim Bialik Clarifies Comments About Sexual Assault After Being Accused of Victim Blaming

16 October 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Mayim Bialik insists that it was "absolutely not" her intention in a New York Times op-ed about the Harvey Weinstein scandal to place blame on any woman or man that has been a victim of sexual assault.

The Big Bang Theory star received some backlash after noting that she's careful about her clothing choices and behavior when on set in an effort to avoid unwanted advances. 

“I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise,” she wrote. “I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”

Watch: Mayim Bialik Flashes Piers Morgan in Response to Susan Sarandon's #CleavageGate

On Monday, Bialik addressed the criticism in a Facebook Live interview for the Times. "There is no way to avoid being a victim of assault »

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‘Jupiter’s Moon’ Tops Spain’s Sitges Festival

14 October 2017 5:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Barcelona — Cannes competition entry “Jupiter’s Moon,” directed by Kornél Mundruczó, took best picture and F/X awards at Sitges’ 50th International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, which wraps Saturday.

Awarded titles suggest a balance between the author-driven, arthouse genre with supernatural elements – such as The Match Factory’s “Jupiter’s Moon,” an existential supernatural thriller with black comedy touches exploring immigrant crisis, terrorism, and the West’s loss of values –   and features closely linked to more traditional genres and sub-genres like revenge thrillers and horror Westerns. Notably, two main category awards went to movies directed or co-directed by women. French-Brazilian “As Boas Maneiras” directed by Jualiana Rojas and Marco Dutra won the Critics Award.

Sold by Paris’ Charades and premiering at Toronto’s Midnight Madness, Coralie Fargeat’s feature debut’s “Revenge,” a stylish rape-revenge horror thriller, took best director Fargeat snagged the Citizen Kane Award for an up-and-coming director.

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- Emilio Mayorga

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Taking The 'High' Road: The Best Stoned Celebrity Confessions Ever

12 October 2017 12:53 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Like many Americans, some celebrities enjoy the occasional — or not-so-occasional — herbal indulgence.

These stars, from A-list actors to singing sensations, have candidly shared their funniest tales of 420 escapades. Whether you’re stone cold sober or sky high, their confessions are bound to give you a serious case of the giggles:

Kathy Bates

Yes, the Disjointed star lights up before reading scripts for her weed dispensary sitcom.

“When I read the scripts, I’m stoned,” Bates shared on Late Night with Seth Meyers. “I just wish I had a seatbelt in bed. I laugh so hard I’m afraid to get up… »

- Lydia Price

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The Worst Mom Advice Susan Sarandon Ever Received Was ‘ “Don’t Have the Baby” ‘: ‘As Though It Would Ruin My Career’

12 October 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Susan Sarandon doesn’t regret a second of how — and when — she became a mom.

The veteran actress and her A Bad Moms Christmas costar (and on-screen daughter) Kathryn Hahn cover Good Housekeeping‘s double Thanksgiving Special issue, chatting about their real-life parenting experiences.

“I think it was ‘Don’t have the baby,’ as though it would ruin my career, and I was so old anyway,” Sarandon — who is mom to the now-grown-up Miles Robbins, 25, Jack Robbins, 28, and Eva Amurri Martino, 32 — says of the worst advice she ever received from another mom.

“I had my first baby at 39 and my »

- Jen Juneau

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Set Visit: How to Have a Merry Christmas, Bad Moms-Style

11 October 2017 3:10 PM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

How do you top the hilarious Bad Moms? Add more moms and you set it around the holidays, that's how. The upcoming sequel A Bad Moms Christmas once again centers on our three favorite moms – Amy (Mila Kunis), Kiki (Kristen Bell) and Carla (Kathryn Hahn) – who not only have to deal with the stress of Christmas, but also with their own mothers (Christine Baranski, Cheryl Hines and Susan Sarandon, respectively), who unexpectedly show up to spend the holidays with their daughters....

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Sarandon & Gideon Adlon Saddle Up for Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre’s “Mustang”

11 October 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Susan Sarandon might revert to some Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking) counsellor skillset for her next role.

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- Eric Lavallée

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Guest Post: What It’s Like to Be a Fiercely Independent Woman Film Fest Director in the Trenches

11 October 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Meira Blaustein

Guest Post by Meira Blaustein

When I co-founded the Woodstock Film Festival 18 years ago I had no sense of how hard the work would be, and how immense the positive influence on so many people, near and far, it would have. When you are deep in the process of developing something that requires you to give your all, you can’t always see what’s happening outside of your immediate vision.

Eighteen years after the festival first began as a fiercely independent, artistically driven event, I can look around and see the thousands of lives that it has affected and helped: young high school students and college interns who were inspired by the festival and have gone on to successful careers in film and media, such as Amanda Warman Naseem, who started out as an assistant at the festival and today is one of the top producers at Vice; emerging filmmakers who have developed into accomplished artists in their fields, such as Leah Meyerhoff, who screened her short film “Twitch” at the festival back in 2005, and today is a feature film director who also heads the internationally known grassroots women filmmakers organization Film Fatales; community members who have discovered new passion for the power of the arts such as Jen Dragon, who was a volunteer at the festival and now runs a highly successful art gallery.

Seeing countless stories like this makes the hard work and dedication worthwhile. I suppose it’s like giving birth each year — a long and hard pregnancy period ending with a beautiful baby that gives you the courage and the energy to do it all over again.

As a woman working in a male-dominated industry, I recognize that there is much work left to do. Each year as I program the fest’s film lineup, put together the panels, and select the special honorees, I find myself looking for a gender balance that is not always easy to achieve. As such I’m proud that we have developed an official Spotlight on Women in Film and Media whereby we highlight annually the works by some of the year’s most talented and courageous women filmmakers.

This year we are showing 54 feature films, and 19 are directed by women, which puts us at a higher percentage than most festivals. Moreover, we have made a conscious effort in our programming to pay attention to issues affecting women, as well as films featuring outstanding female actors. Among the female-directed films showing this year are first-time director Lillian Lasalle’s “My Name is Pedro,” filled with engrossing twists and inspirational lessons, Hope Litoff’s “32 Pills: My Sister’s Suicide,” which explores the life and death of her artist sister, and Catherine Eaton’s “The Sounding,” a narrative of a woman’s struggle to maintain her independence and find her own unique voice, also written and acted by Eaton.

The 2017 Spotlight on Women in Film and Media includes titles such as “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” “La Chana,” and “This is Everything: Gigi Gorgeous.”

This year’s honorary Maverick Award, given for her outstanding artistry in acting and her long-standing commitment to the support of issue-driven films as a producer, will be presented to Susan Sarandon. In the past we have honored documentarian Barbara Kopple, producer Christine Vachon, director Mira Nair, and actor Ellen Barkin. In talks and events we have featured Vera Farmiga, Melissa Leo, Lucy Liu, Kyra Sedgwick, Patricia Clarkson, Parker Posey, Uma Thurman, Catherine Hardwicke, Debra Granik, Susan Seidelman, Katherine Dieckmann, Rebecca Miller, and countless others.

So while it is still a challenge to create gender balance, I’m glad that we can do our small part in tipping the scale towards equality. The more that festivals like ours offer opportunities to showcase and celebrate the outstanding works by women filmmakers, the higher the chances that those keepers of the gate in the financing and distribution universe will open their purse and greenlight female-directed projects.

The 18th annual Woodstock Film Festival runs from October 11–15. To download a pre-fest program of this year’s event click here.

Meira Blaustein is an arts entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience developing film organizations, entertainment, arts, and media events in the U.S. and globally. Blaustein is the Co-founder, Executive Director, and Head Programmer of the Woodstock Film Festival (Wff). Wff was launched in 2000 and has become one of the most respected and influential regional film festivals in the USA. Blaustein has been running it ever since its inception. As an international consultant Blaustein also co-founded and developed the Cabo International Film Festival in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The festival developed into what is now the Baja International Film Festival. A filmmaker by training, Blaustein directed, produced, and consulted on numerous feature films in various stages, from development to marketing.

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The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey

10 October 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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 saddest show? Which show makes you cry the most? (Old and current shows are all fair game.)

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I just wrote something on this very topic! And I think these are two different questions. Which show makes me cry the most? In the balance across its entire series run? I think the answer has to be “Friday Night Lights.” I’m a sucker for underdog sports stories in general, but “Friday Night Lights” could make me cry in so many different ways, from what happens to Jason Street in the pilot to what Matt Saracen goes through in »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey

10 October 2017 10:28 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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 saddest show? Which show makes you cry the most? (Old and current shows are all fair game.)

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I just wrote something on this very topic! And I think these are two different questions. Which show makes me cry the most? In the balance across its entire series run? I think the answer has to be “Friday Night Lights.” I’m a sucker for underdog sports stories in general, but “Friday Night Lights” could make me cry in so many different ways, from what happens to Jason Street in the pilot to what Matt Saracen goes through in »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Dazzles 50th Sitges Festival

6 October 2017 11:43 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sitges, Spain — Opening with Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” which dazzled critics and audiences alike at the Spanish Festival, the 50th Sitges Festival, a Mecca for genre fanboys and Europe’s biggest fantasy event, looks set to pack some weighty Spanish world premieres: “La Zona,” the fourth original series from Movistar + to see the light of day, a family and crime drama set in the wake of a post nuclear power station meltdown; and “Muse,” an English-language supernatural thriller from Filmax and one of its star directors, Jaume Balagueró, whose [“Rec”] franchise installments have proved a highlight of multiple Sitges events.

Sitges will also world premiere “Errementari – The Blacksmith and the Devil,” a Basque Country-set fantasy horror debut from Paul Urkijo, mentored by Álex de la Iglesia and again sold by Filmax.

The big TV premiere is a departure for Sitges. Del Toro’s humanistic horror and powerful local premieres are not so new to »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Film News Roundup: Barry Bostwick to Play Santa Claus in ‘Santa Girl’ (Exclusive)

5 October 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, Barry Bostwick will star as Santa Claus in “Santa Girl,” Meryl Streep will present the American Cinematheque Award to Amy Adams, and basketball documentary “The First to Do It” gets a theatrical release.

Castings

Barry Bostwick will star as Santa Claus opposite Jennifer Stone in the independent comedy “Santa Girl,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will shoot later this month in Winchester, Va. Bostwick will play a slimmed-down and all-business Santa who hasn’t recovered from the loss of his wife, Mrs. Claus, with Stone playing his daughter. The story will focus on the daughter’s desire to attend college despite her father’s misgivings. After he eventually relents, she must navigate a strange new world while keeping the identity of her iconic father — and her own magic — a secret.

Blayne Weaver (“6 Month Rule”) is attached to direct from Patricia Harrington’s script.  Capital Arts’ Paul Di Franco, »

- Dave McNary

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All the Throwback Set Photos You Need to See, From Mean Girls to 10 Things I Hate About You

5 October 2017 10:48 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ever wonder what the stars of your favorite movies and TV shows got up to when the cameras weren’t rolling? Well, we have some partial answers for you.

Keep scrolling to see the best behind-the-scenes shots from decades past. They’re totally phat, gnarly, groovy and … you get the idea:

Lizzy Caplan, Jonathan Bennett, Amy Poehler, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Crimi in Mean Girls.

Amy Poehler and Nicole Crimi in Mean Girls.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Keegan, Julia Stiles, Heath Ledger, Larisa Oleynik, Gabrielle Union-Wade, and David Krumholtz in 10 Things I Hate About You.

Zoë Saldana, Taryn Manning and Britney Spears in Crossroads. »

- Lydia Price

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Why Cheryl Hines Was Happy to Return to ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ (Exclusive)

5 October 2017 7:24 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

When Curb Your Enthusiasm returned for its eighth season in 2011, it was a strange experience for Cheryl Hines, who is best known for her role as Cheryl, Larry David’s onscreen wife who left David on the show several seasons prior. 

“It was kind of sad,” Hines tells Et of being largely absent from the show’s eighth season. “It was a little different because before, I would watch the new episodes with my friends. We had a little Sunday night thing. When I was working on Curb I could stay up, because we had already shot it,” she says. “But when Curb came back and I wasn’t in it, it wasn't quite the same because I was working at the time. I had to get up at four in the morning for an early call time on Mondays, so I couldn’t really stay up to watch it.”

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Susan Sarandon & Gideon Adlon Join Focus Features Drama ‘Mustang’

4 October 2017 11:51 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Susan Sarandon and Gideon Adlon have come aboard the Focus Features drama Mustang, from French actress and first-time director Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The two join a cast that includes Matthias Schoenaerts, Jason Mitchell and Bruce Dern, production slated to begin this month in Nevada. Schoenaerts stars as Roman, a convict who is given the chance to participate in the rehabilitation-therapy program training wild mustangs. Roman forms… »

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Mila Kunis Talks Parenting Two Kids with Ashton Kutcher: ‘We’re Not Gonna Raise A–holes’

4 October 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Mila Kunis may be a self-described “bad mom” in her hit comedy Bad Moms and its upcoming Christmas-themed sequel, but she’s determined not to live up to that title in real life.

The 34-year-old actress — who shares two kids with husband Ashton Kutcher: son Dimitri Portwood, 10 months, and daughter Wyatt Isabelle, 3 — opened up to Entertainment Tonight about her and Kutcher’s desire to raise open-minded children.

“Yeah, we’re not gonna raise a–holes. There’s enough a–holes in this world!” Kunis said. “We don’t need to contribute. But, you know, there’s some nice people. »

- Dave Quinn

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Mila Kunis on Post-Baby Body, New Christmas Traditions & Juggling 2 Kids: ‘We Needed Help’ (Exclusive)

3 October 2017 3:50 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

With her baby boy, Dimitri, gearing up to celebrate his first birthday next month, Mila Kunis is reflecting on her first year as a mom of two -- getting candid about how she and husband Ashton Kutcher are determined not to “raise a**holes,” their new family traditions and how she got in shape after giving birth.

The 34-year-old actress sat down with Et’s Brooke Anderson to promote the upcoming Bad Moms sequel -- A Bad Moms Christmas  -- and admitted she has her own moments of feeling like a bad mom, but is more relaxed about balancing work and parenthood these days.

“I'm a little bit less stressed over what to anticipate,” explains Kunis, who also has a 3-year-old daughter, Wyatt, with Kutcher. “You're still stressed out and there's still the idea of the guilt of leaving your kids, but you know that they'll be Ok. Because I've already done it once and the kid »

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‘Rick and Morty’: 12 Guest Stars Who Make Season 3 Worth Re-Watching

2 October 2017 3:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Rick and Morty” is one of the best-looking animated series on TV. As high-concept as these travels through technicolor dreamlands and psychedelic wormholes can get, “Rick and Morty” wouldn’t be what it is without some talented performers bringing the show’s characters to life.

In Season 3, series co-creator Justin Roiland did more of the heavy lifting than ever before (including anchoring an entire episode by his lonesome). But, as usual, this now-finished season also drew on some incredible voice talent for some one-off delights. Some of these guest stars were such a natural fit for the show that it’s surprising it took this long for the show to utilize their talents. (How did two whole seasons go by before a pair of “Community” folks showed up?)

Read More:Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

So as part of our multi-faceted farewell to Season 3 (you can read our review »

- Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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‘Rick and Morty’: 12 Guest Stars Who Make Season 3 Worth Re-Watching

2 October 2017 3:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rick and Morty” is one of the best-looking animated series on TV. As high-concept as these travels through technicolor dreamlands and psychedelic wormholes can get, “Rick and Morty” wouldn’t be what it is without some talented performers bringing the show’s characters to life.

In Season 3, series co-creator Justin Roiland did more of the heavy lifting than ever before (including anchoring an entire episode by his lonesome). But, as usual, this now-finished season also drew on some incredible voice talent for some one-off delights. Some of these guest stars were such a natural fit for the show that it’s surprising it took this long for the show to utilize their talents. (How did two whole seasons go by before a pair of “Community” folks showed up?)

Read More:Every Episode of ‘Rick and Morty,’ Ranked

So as part of our multi-faceted farewell to Season 3 (you can read our review »

- Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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‘Ray Donovan’ Says Goodbye to [Spoiler] with an Emotional Send-off

1 October 2017 7:00 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Ray Donovan fans have been struggling this year. Despite an innovative premiere and the promise of some emotional soul-searching, most of Season 5 has either felt extraneous (Susan Sarandon’s role and that subplot) or repetitive (Ray’s relationship with Natalie James, Mickey’s schemes, Bunchy’s bad luck, Terry’s guilt). With the flashbacks to Abby and Ray before her death, the show seemed to be course-correcting a long-term problem with Abby’s character and her interactions with her husband. Here, at last, Abby felt like an equal partner in the family, and a character who … »

- Allison Keene

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