July 11, 2015

Tag Archives: Human Interest

Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner

Speaking publicly for the first time since completing gender transition, Caitlyn Jenner compares her emotional two-day photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz for the July cover of Vanity Fair to winning the gold medal for decathlon at the 1976 Olympics. She tells Pulitzer Prize winning V.F. contributing editor and author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger, ‘That was a good day, but the last couple of days were better…. This shoot was about my life and who I am as a person. It’s not about the fanfare, it’s not about people cheering in the stadium, it’s not about going down the street and everybody giving you ‘that a boy, Bruce,’ pat on the back, okay. This is about your life.’
Jenner tells Bissinger about how she suffered a panic attack the day after undergoing 10-hour facial-feminization surgery on March 15 a procedure she believed would take 5 hours. (Bissinger reveals that she has not had genital surgery.) She recalls thinking, ‘What did I just do? What did I just do to myself?’ A counselor from the Los Angeles Gender Center came to the house so she could talk to a professional, and assured her that such reactions were often induced by pain medication, and that second-guessing was human and temporary.
Jenner tells Bissinger the thought has since passed and not come back: ‘If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life. You never dealt with yourself,’ and I don’t want that to happen.?
Bissinger spent hundreds of hours with the man the world knew as Bruce Jenner over a period of three months, and then countless hours with Caitlyn, also attending the photo shoot with Leibovitz at Jenner?s Malibu home.
Bissinger apologizes to Jenner for repeated pronoun confusion and asks whether she is sensitive about it. ‘I don’t really get hung up,? she tells him. ‘A guy came in the other day and I was fully dressed’ it’s just habit, I said ‘Hi, Bruce here,’ and I went, Oh fuck, it ain’t Bruce, I was screwing up doing it.’
Bissinger speaks extensively with Jenner’s four children from his first two marriages,Burt, 36, and Cassandra, 34, with first wife Chrystie, and Brandon, 33, and Brody, 31, with second wife Linda, and describes an insensitive father who had been absent for years at a time. […]

“San Andreas” continues to showcase Dwayne Johnson as a top tier action hero

We have more of almost everything at the movies these days, with one glaring exception: we don’t have nearly as many action heroes as we used to. Sure, there are plenty of action films opening with stars or up and comers in leading roles, saving the day, but very few true “action heroes”. One notable modern exception is Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, a certified A-list star of the action genre. He’s come a long way from just being The Rock, either in wrestling or his first on screen roles, but even removed from that, he’s a charismatic screen presence that holds the action hero title these days with aplomb. This week, he further cements his status with the disaster movie San Andreas.
In San Andreas, we get west coast spin on the disaster movie, leaving New York City alone for a moment to focus in on California. The film follows Johnson as a helicopter rescue pilot who tries to save his soon to be ex-wife and daughter in Los Angeles and San Francisco respectively as the Golden State sees the San Andreas fault crack open in literally Earth shaking quakes. He then goes on a mission to save his family, as you’d expect. Johnson stars, with Carla Gugino as his wife and Alexandra Daddario as his daughter. The cast also includes Paul Giamatti, Ioan Gruffudd, Hugo Johnstone-Burt, Art Parkinson, Archie Panjabi, Kylie Minogue, Todd Williams, and Will Yun Lee. The director here is Brad Peyton, while the screenwriting team consists of Carlton Cuse, Andre Fabrizio, and Jeremy Passmore.
The special effects are the star of this one, but Johnson gives them a run for their money, demonstrating the screen presence and charisma that has made him the star that he now is in Hollywood. Those qualities made him the top pro wrestler of his generation, so it’s no surprise that he’s a ready made action hero. Initially, he coasted by on those qualities, but now he’s developed some acting chops to boot. He’s no Oscar nominee in the making (though anything is possible), but San Andreas represents one of his best performances to date, outside of Snitch and perhaps Pain and Gain as well. He’s a movie star through and through.
What makes Johnson not only one of the few action heroes we have, but one of the best, is how well he compliments whatever is happening on the screen. Be it car […]

And the Cannes Film Festival 2015 winners are…

The 68th annual Cannes Film Festival came to a close Sunday night with an awards ceremony at the Palais des Festivals.
This year’s Grand Prix was awarded to the Holocaust drama “Son of Saul,” the debut film by Hungarian director László Nemes. The festival’s Jury Prize went to “The Lobster,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
And the winners are…
IN COMPETITION :
FEATURE FILMS
Palme d’Or
DHEEPAN Directed by Jacques AUDIARD
Grand Prix
SAUL FIA (SON OF SAUL) Directed by László NEMES
Award for Best Director
HOU Hsiao-Hsien for NIE YINNIANG (THE ASSASSIN)
Award for Best Screenplay
Michel FRANCO for CHRONIC
Award for Best Actress Ex-aequo
Emmanuelle BERCOT, Rooney MARA in MON ROI Directed by MAÏWENN
Rooney MARA, Emmanuelle BERCOT in CAROL Directed by Todd HAYNES
Award for Best Actor
Stéphane BRIZÉ in LA LOI DU MARCHÉ (THE MEASURE OF A MAN) Directed by Stéphane BRIZÉ
Jury Prize
THE LOBSTER Directed by Yorgos LANTHIMOS
SHORT FILMS
Palme d’Or – Short Film
WAVES ’98 Directed by Ely DAGHER

UN CERTAIN REGARD :
Prize of Un Certain Regard
HRÚTAR (RAMS) Directed by Grímur HAKONARSON
Jury Prize – Un Certain Regard
ZVIZDAN (THE HIGH SUN) Directed by Dalibor MATANIC
Directing Prize of Un Certain Regard
KISHIBE NO TABI (JOURNEY TO THE SHORE) Directed by KUROSAWA Kiyoshi
Un Certain Talent Prize
COMOARA (THE TREASURE) Directed by Corneliu PORUMBOIU
Promizing Future Prize Ex-aequo
NAHID Directed by Ida PANAHANDEH
MASAAN Directed by Neeraj GHAYWAN
CINEFONDATION :
1st Prize Cinéfondation
SHARE Directed by Pippa BIANCO
2nd Prize Cinéfondation
LOCAS PERDIDAS (LOST QUEENS) Directed by Ignacio JURICIC MERILLÁN
3rd Prize Cinéfondation Ex-aequo
VICTOR XX Directed by Ian GARRIDO LÓPEZ
THE RETURN OF ERKIN Directed by Maria GUSKOVA
GOLDEN CAMERA :
Caméra d’or
LA TIERRA Y LA SOMBRA Directed by César Augusto ACEVEDO

The Hulu Original returns for a third season

The Hulu Original returns for a third season with an even hotter mix of love, dance, sex and true-to-life drama. Camila finally confronts a dark secret from her past. But in trying to keep her sister and boyfriend from harm, Camila risks losing her own life and her one true love. Meanwhile, the stakes are higher than ever when Ceci invites boys to join to the Bomb Squad and the sexy new team dances their way through the tough streets of LA, where unexpected romance and danger make this yet another addictive year at East Los High.
East Los High
Premiere date: All episodes streamingWednesday, July 15
Cast: Gabe Chavarria, Danielle Vega, Carlito Olivero, Alexandra Rodriguez, Vannessa Vasquez, JD Pardo
Crew: Executive Produced by Katie Elmore Mota, Mauricio Mota and Emiliano Calemzuk. Created and Executive Produced by Carlos Portugal and Kathleen Bedoya

YOUTH: Michael Caine, Rachel Weisz Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to YOUTH, starring Oscar winner Michael Caine, Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, Oscar winner Jane Fonda, Academy Award nominee Harvey Keitel and Paul Dano. The film is written and directed by Paolo Sorrentino, director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner THE GREAT BEAUTY, and produced by Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, Carlotta Calori for Indigo Film in collaboration with Medusa Film. YOUTH is coproduced by Fabio Conversi for Barbary Films, Jérôme Seydoux for Pathé, Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen for Number 9, David Kosse for Film4, and Anne Walser for C-Films. YOUTH will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and is scheduled to be released in 2015.
“I’m delighted and proud that Fox Searchlight has acquired my new film: Youth. As a movie lover, I have always appreciated Fox Searchlight’s choices which have given us the opportunity to see beautiful and unforgettable films. This time, as the auteur, I am honored with the faith they have placed in me and the film,” said Sorrentino.

“Paolo’s masterful film projects an extraordinary wisdom and grace. Anchored by Michael Caine’s emotionally riveting performance and buoyed by an exceptional supporting cast, YOUTH is, simply put, a film about life and living told in the most cinematic of terms,” said Utley and Gilula.
“I am very happy that Fox Searchlight has picked up Youth. To secure a North American distribution with such a prestigious company, which always chooses and promotes its films with the utmost care, is a very important signal for Italian Cinema,” said producer Giuliano.
From Paolo Sorrentino, the director of Italy’s Oscar foreign language winner THE GREAT BEAUTY comes YOUTH, about two longtime friends vacationing in the Swiss Alps. Oscar winning actor Michael Caine plays Fred, an acclaimed composer and conductor, who brings along his daughter (Rachel Weisz) and best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, each finding that some of the most important experiences can come later in life.
The deal was brokered by Fox Searchlight’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Co-Productions Ray Strache and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs Megan O’Brien with Muriel Sauzay, Pathe’s Executive Vice President International […]

TOMORROWLAND in these new featurettes starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Director Brad Bird!

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.

Ethan Hawke might be the most underrated actor in Hollywood

I don’t know if many people notice, but there’s almost nothing in the film industry that Ethan Hawke can’t do…and do well. He’s been an awards mainstay of late, as well as being someone who Oscar has nominated far more often than you probably realize. This week, he makes another 2015 appearance (one of many for him this year) in Good Kill, which also reunites him with filmmaker Andrew Niccol. I think this intense role just serves as more evidence that Hawke can pretty much do anything. He’s already had a documentary of his come out in 2015, has some other indies on the way, and always is on the cusp of working with Richard Linklater again, not to mention being an author. He’s a true renaissance man.
First of all, we should briefly discuss Good Kill. The film centers around an Air Force pilot played by Hawke who’s assigned to work as a drone operator. As he continues to kill terrorists from the comfort of a base stateside, he begins to long for actual combat and to exist some signs of a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. His PTSD affects his job performance, interactions with his family, and his own sanity. In addition to Niccol writing/directing and Hawke in the central role, the cast includes Bruce Greenwood, Zoe Kravitz, and January Jones, among others. It’s a small scale outing by Niccol, but it’s a medium sized one for Hawke, who’s as comfortable in big budget features as he is in micro-budgeted indies.
I saw Good Kill back at the just recently completed 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and found it to be pretty solid. Besides having a captivating premise, what really struck me was Hawke’s performance. It’s a bit different than what he normally does, while at the same time fitting perfectly for him. It’s a part that fits him like a glove, frankly. As the screws get wound tighter, you just lean in and stare at his work. It’s nothing like his nominated performance in Boyhood, for example (which is nothing like his other nominated acting job in Training Day), but that’s the point…he’s so flexible, and I don’t think enough folks realize it.
Not to hammer the point home, but Hawke pretty much can do anything. If you look just at what the Academy has noticed, he’s got a pair of Best Supporting Actor nominations to his credit, alongside […]

“ANT-MAN” – New Poster

The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ ‘Ant-Man.’
Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Corey Stoll as Darren Cross aka Yellowjacket, Bobby Cannavale as Paxton, Michael Peña as Luis, Judy Greer as Maggie, Tip ‘Ti’ Harris as Dave, David Dastmalchian as Kurt, Wood Harris as Gale, Jordi Mollà as Castillo and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym. Directed by Peyton Reed and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ delivers a high-stakes, tension-filled adventure on July 17, 2015.

Red Carpet Photos at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala

The gala celebrating the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has grown over the years to become a celebrity draw that rivals the Oscars. After the red carpet, the exhibition and the dinner, the Met Gala splintered into various after-parties around town.

The editor of Vogue, Anna Wintour, mixed celebrities and fashion to turn a museum benefit into big business.

P.S. Rihanna’s gown made others hungry.

Photos by PRPHOTOS.COM

Woody Allen: First Trailer for “Irrational Man” with Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone

Each and every single year, we’re treated to a new Woody Allen movie. Moreover, basically every other year, Allen’s latest outing becomes an awards contender. With last year apparently being his off year with the enjoyable, if slight, Magic in the Moonlight, speculation is high that 2015 could see an Oscar player from the filmmaker. Well, the first Trailer for his new film Irrational Man has hit the web, and it shows off some solid acting and a unique take on a potentially tired plot. I’m not sure if the Academy will wind up noticing it when all is said and done, but I sure did.
Irrational Man is a romantic comedy about a burnt out Philosophy professor who arrives at a new school and winds up in an existential crisis when he becomes smitten/in a relationship with a student. Joaquin Phoenix plays the professor while Emma Stone plays the student. Also on hand in this potentially smaller than usual last for Allen (who of course writes and directs) is Jamie Blackley and Parker Posey, to name two. If the plot sounds like something you’ve seen before, you’re not alone. The catch here is that Allen has a very unique take on the world, so his interpretation of this situation has a ton of potential.
There’s two things in the Trailer that stick out at me. One is the chemistry apparent between Phoenix and Stone, as well as the potential for Posey to steal her scenes. The other is that it appears that Allen is utilizing dual voiceovers to get us into the headspace of both main characters. That could lead to some fascinating introspective commentary, though it also could wind up just being a gimmick. Right now though, I’m willing to look at it as a clever choice by the legendary filmmaker, one that gives this film something to potentially set it apart from the crowd. You’ll be able to see the Trailer below and decide for yourself, of course, but I liked what I saw.
Obviously, we don’t know if Irrational Man will be a player in the awards season or not, but if it does, my suspicion is that it would be on the back of Allen’s script and the performances of Phoenix, Posey, and Stone. One could potentially envision a campaign centered on Best Picture, Best Actor for Phoenix, Best Actress for Stone, best Supporting Actress for Posey, and […]

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