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Clea DuVall’s directorial debut, The Intervention, brings together so many of our favorite actors for a break-up-and-make-up dramedy. The film centers on four dysfunctional couples on a weekend trip: DuVall (who also wrote the film) and Natasha Lyonne (a former BUST cover gal) play a couple who might be moving a little too fast — or a little too slow, depending on which one of them you ask. Melanie Lynskey and Jason Ritter play an engaged couple who seems picture-perfect, until you realize that they keep rescheduling the wedding and no one wants to talk about why.
In Richard Tanne’s latest film, Southside With You, Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers are tremendously cast as a young Michelle and Barack Obama. Set in Chicago in 1989, this walkabout romance flick spans only the length of one day — the day that this future President and First Lady had their first date.
The Hollars is a great little indie that really has it all. You will shed tears, both invoked by emotional feels and laughter. When the movie opens with Ron (Sharlto Copley) peeing in a pitcher because he was sick of waiting for his parents to get out of the bathroom in their house, which he just moved back into, and quickly goes to learning his mother Sally (Margo Martindale) has a brain tumor, this is apparent. Ron's brother John (John Krasinski) lives in New York with his girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), who happens to be very pregnant.
Like Sofia Coppola, Ami Canaan Mann has a family connection to the film industry. But Mann didn’t grow up watching her father, director Michael Mann, on set. Her parents divorced in the early '70s, shortly after Ami was born, and Mann grew up with her mother in small town Dayton, Indiana, which had a population of less than 1,000 and no movie theater. Growing up, Mann played viola and had an interest in photography. Wandering through her living room one day, she saw Apocalypse Now on television.
  Helen Mirren is best known for playing various members of the House of Windsor. But in real life, the boundary-busting actress is anything but restrained. Here, she talks about her films, her family, and why it’s great that young women today can just say “Fuck off”  I am 45 minutes late for my on-set appointment with Helen Mirren. As a punctual person, this is my worst nightmare come true: sitting in a rental car, stuck in traffic, surrounded by Yankee Stadium–bound partiers, all the while knowing that The Queen is waiting.
This love child of Natalie Portman was raised with careful adoration and grace. Based on the 2002 memoir by Amos Oz of the same name, Portman’s first directed film, which she also wrote and starred in, takes us back to Jerusalem pre-statehood, when Oz was growing up as a boy. The film is told in subtitled Hebrew, but the subtitles alone are not the only reason why the viewer could be glued to the screen. The way Portman tells the story is compelling and breathakingly beautiful from the moment it begins. The story begins with a story.
Yesterday, some major news was released about the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Wrap reported that Zendaya will play Spider-Man’s love interest, Mary Jane Watson. Back in March, Marvel announced that Zendaya had joined the film, but didn’t give details about her role. Considering this adaptation focuses on high school versions of Spider-Man and his cohorts, we’re pretty stoked by this casting.
Claudia Weill’s film Girlfriends was shown as part of the lineup on TCM’s Trailblazing Women series that took place last year. The film was new to me and thought it deserved a write-up because it is the precursor to so many films and female friendships depicted on our screens today, including Nicole Holofcener’s Walking and Talking, Kristen Wiig’sBridesmaids, Frances Ha, and Lena Dunham’s Girls. The plot is by now, familiar. Two best friends are living together, trying to make their way in a tough city like New York.
One hundred and eleven years ago, Clara Bow was born into violent poverty in Brooklyn, New York. She would go on to become America’s most loved — and most controversial — sex symbol of the silent film era. Here’s what the troubled young star taught us about slut-shaming, sex ,and public failure:  Clara Bow is standing in the front of Paramount studios, reading about how she has sex with dogs. With Mexican croupiers. With married men, with whores, with chauffeurs and with servants.
The live action Disney reboot The Little Mermaid just got substantially more amazing. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton creator and former star, is set to co-produce and write songs for the film along with Oscar winning composer Alan Menken. Producing with Miranda will be Marc Platt, who is also producing Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, starring Miranda and Emily Blunt. Menken scored the original Little Mermaid, so the live action appears that it will stay true to the roots of the original animated film.
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