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"Grey Gardens is oozing with romance, ghosts, and other things." According to Forbes Magazine, 3 West End Road — perhaps the most storied home in East Hampton — just hit the market for $19.995m. Adjacent to Georgia Beach, the mansion property famously belonged to "Big" and "Little Edie" Bouvier Beale, the aunt and first cousin, respectively, of Jackie Kennedy Onassis. The 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, by Albert and David Maysles, produced an image of 3 West End Road as at once dilapidated and opulent, and of the Bouvier...
When Scarlett Johansson was announced as the lead for the live-action version of the popular Japanese manga The Ghost In The Shell last year, we were not happy — and we weren’t alone. Margaret Cho started #whitewashedOUT hashtag to discuss the problems with casting white actors to play Asian characters (a discussion that continued with Tilda Swinton’s casting Doctor Strange); Asian actresses including Constance Wu and Ming-Na Wen spoke out in interviews and on panels; and fans of the original manga and anti-racism advocates criticized...
Marvel has made the last of the three Wolverine solo films. Set in what seems to be a post-apocalyptic future, Logan is much older and beginning to deteriorate. While taking care of the — now fragile and old — Professor X, Logan (aka Wolverine) comes across a young and powerful mutant girl in a world where many mutants have died off and the X-Men have disbanded. The trailer shows Logan, while visibly older, returning to his fierce Wolverine state to protect the young mutant girl. We also...
After her history-making Oscar win in 2010, the media appointed Kathryn Bigelow as the “symbol” of all female filmmakers. As such, her influence and work is often diminished. Despite becoming a symbol, her path to success is similar to other directors: long and not always easy. Many tie Bigelow’s success and longevity in the industry to her former marriage to James Cameron. (If this were BuzzFeed, I’d post a “bitch, please” gif.) Another common misperception is she’s one of the few women who directs studio films,...
Little Sister has the honor of being one of New Yorker writer Richard Brody’s favorite films of 2016, beating out many of the year’s bigger acclaimed releases, such as Arrival (which is not getting enough love), La La Land (which is getting perhaps too much), and Hidden Figures (which I have not yet seen). Yet Little Sister, the fifth movie by director Zach Clark, hasn’t really made headlines or generated much of a splash in general, aside from fairly uniformly good notices, and was not...
If you thought Selenis Leyva was badass in Orange is The New Black, then you're not ready for her in her newest film Chapter & Verse. Directed by Jamal Joseph, the film takes place in present-day Harlem, New York and follows an ex-con's life after prison — and his new job at a local food pantry with Selenis' character, Yolanda. Selenis co-stars in the film along with Daniel Beaty, Loretta Devine, and Omari Hardwick. The film touches on hot topic issues like gentrification, police brutality, gang violence,...
Courtney has joined Lifetime to star as Kitty Menendez in the new Lifetime movie about the infamous Menendez brothers' 1989 murder of their parents. ABC News says the story had “all the ingredients” to be named the crime of the century: “a murder in Beverly Hills,” which “averages about 2 murders a year." The Menendez family consisted of Jose Menendez, a Cuban immigrant who “made good becoming a corporate chief on both coasts"; the golden-haired Kitty, “an all-American wife and mom"; and the two sons, Eric...
  The Getty Research Institute in LA announced today that they have acquired Joanie 4 Jackie, an archive of DIY feminist short movies and video art, distributed in the ‘90s and ‘00s by indie artist and filmmaker Miranda July. July was active in the Riot Grrrl scene in Portland in the ‘90s and started the project as a “Chainletter Tape” handing out pamphlets asking budding artists and filmmakers to send her their self-made movies. A movie and $5 bought the artists a copy of and inclusion...
With Trump’s Muslim ban and the resulting protests taking place this weekend, you’d be completely forgiven for forgetting about the SAG Awards. But many celebrities who attended turned the occasion into a platform for activism, using their acceptance speeches to advocate for the rights of immigrants and Muslims and, yes, telling us all to go punch some fucking Nazis. Here are the political moments from the SAG Awards that you should pay attention to: 1. Ashton Kutcher’s opening speechHost Ashton Kutcher kicked off the night with...
A principal director on ER, Mimi Leder was surprised when producer Steven Spielberg pulled her aside in 1997 and asked her to direct a $50 million film, The Peacemaker. It would star George Clooney and Nicole Kidman and Spielberg described it as an “action thriller," the type of film women rarely get offered. Although Leder was comfortable behind the camera on ER, directing the show’s famous long shots, she was hesitant to accept the offer. Leder says Spielberg convinced her by pointing out that she directed...
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