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Brie Larson has a knack for playing complex female characters — from the rebellious teen daughter of a woman with dissociative identity disorder in United States of Tara, to a supervisor at a home for troubled teens in Short Term 12, to a woman escaping 12 years of captivity in Room, to a superhero in the upcoming Captain Marvel. Now, she's adding a new character to that list: Victoria Woodhull, the first-ever woman to run for president. Woodhull was a suffragist who ran for president in...
What is your usual impression of a pregnant woman on film? Glowing, happy; maybe dealing with a complicated paternity situation, a la Bridget Jones' Baby or Knocked Up? How about... murdering people? That's exactly what you'll get in Prevenge, a new British horror-comedy about a woman being induced to lure and kill unsuspecting victims by her unborn child. BUST spoke to Prevenge star, writer and director Alice Lowe about her new film, and the portrayal of pregnancy on film. You wrote and directed and acted in...
Add this book to your to-read list ASAP (if you're not already a fan, that is). Kerry Washington is going to produce a movie adaptation of the novel the Mothers by Brit Bennett, and we are very excited. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Bennett will write the script, as well as executive produce. This will be Washington's second film as a producer, after last year's Anita Hill HBO biopic Confirmation, in which Washington also starred. Instagram/Brit Bennett The Mothers centers on a small black community in a suburban...
As you probably already know, Ava DuVernay is directing a new movie adaptation of the classic Madeleine L’Engle YA novel A Wrinkle In Time (which, btw, makes her the first black woman to direct a film with a budget of over 100 million). DuVernay’s film has an incredible — and diverse — cast, with Storm Reid starring as Meg Murray, and Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling playing Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit, and Mrs. Who. Other cast members include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Chris Pine, Andre...
Kristen Stewart Personal ShopperWritten and directed by Olivier AssayasOut March 10 French director Olivier Assayas’ first film starring Kristen Stewart, 2014’s Clouds of Sils Maria, was nominated for so many awards, it’s not surprising they’ve teamed up again. In Personal Shopper, Stewart plays Maureen, a young American woman living in Paris who works as a personal shopper for a wealthy, jet-setting socialite. Maureen hates her job, but keeps it because it lets her stay in Paris, not far from the house where her twin brother, Lewis, died...
Garance Marillier RawWritten and directed by Julia Ducournau
Out March 10 Vegetarianism and veterinary school are family traditions for Justine (Garance Marillier), a young woman who’s looking forward to joining her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) at the same school their parents attended. Unfortunately, her prickly sibling isn’t interested in showing her the ropes, and instead urges Justine to participate in the school’s bloody freshman hazing ritual as a means of fitting in. After a particularly stomach-turning test, however, Justine’s body begins developing strange cravings that require sating...
The first trailer for Rough Night — starring Broad City‘s Ilana Glazer, Saturday Night Live‘s Kate McKinnon, Zoe Kravitz, Scarlett Johansson, and Jillian Bell — flips the girl’s weekend comedy on its head. Directed by Lucia Aniello and co-written by Aniello and Broad City‘s Paul W. Downs, Rough Night follows its all-star cast to Johansson’s Miami bachelorette party. They take shots, they do coke, they check out the local “babes.” They bring a male stripper to the house and, in the words of Bell, are “swimmin’ in...
Cynthia Nixon and Jennifer Ehle A Quiet PassionWritten and directed by Terence Davies(Out March 31) The idea of an Emily Dickinson biopic sounds exciting until you remember that Dickinson was a famous recluse. Much of what’s interesting about Dickinson comes from her written work, and while writer/director Terence Davies attempts to derive drama from her day-to-day life, he fails to create a captivating story. This is incredibly frustrating, because Davies comes close. But the moments of tension he introduces have no buildup and little reverberation. We see...
25-year-old Zazie Beetz made waves over the summer playing Van, Donald Glover's chracter's ex and mother of his child on FX's hit show Atlanta. Her new movie Wolves, directed by Bart Freundlich, just got released and tells the story of the destruction of a prep-school basketball player (Taylor John Smith). Zazie plays the basketball player's girlfriend, who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant — and gets an abortion. This year has been a whirlwind of success for the up and coming actress, and she talks to us about her rise to...
Have you heard this one? A guy walks into a bar and...6 million Jewish men, women and children get slaughtered. Not a knee-slapper? Would it help if I told you the guy in question had a nerdtastic mustache? The Holocaust, along with other grave subjects like rape, 9/11, and AIDS, are often taboo topics for humor. And while these things are beyond horrible and tragic in real life (#duh), should these heart-wrenching realities be off-limits in the realm of comedy? That’s the question explored in Ferne Pearlstein’s...