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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...
Let's play a game of “What if.” Let's pretend that incredibly talented artist and burgeoning actress Janelle Monae was White — with strawberry blonde hair and the world at her feet.Well, for one — she would have been nominated for an Oscar for her role in Hidden Figures. It’s painfully obvious that Octavia Spencer got the nod because the Academy felt pressure to nominate one of the gals, and since Spencer is the certified one of the bunch, they lazily went with her.There was no consideration...
To celebrate the release of BUST's brand new April/May 2017 issue (on stands now!) we've released a special bonus episode of our Poptarts podcast in which managing editor Emily Rems reads one extra excellent feature story from the magazine. In "Great Expectations" by Marisa Crawford, the author examines 30 years of abortion on film, from Dirty Dancing to Grandma. To access the episode, just click on over the Poptarts page on iTunes. And while you're there, please rate and review the show. It really helps us get...
At eighteen-years-old, Captain Fantastic's Samantha Isler divides her time between "stereotypical teenage stuff" and representing intelligent young women on screen. In both Captain Fantastic and her new film, Dig Two Graves, Isler plays characters unconcerned with conventional beauty standards and social pressures. Instead, Isler represents girls facing the dark adult world with wit, determination, and bravery. I talked to her last week about what life has been like for her as a young woman in the industry, what her characters have taught her about feminism,...
Another year, another superhero movie revamp — this time with a major difference. The new Power Rangers movie, opening this week, integrates the first LGBTQ leading character in a superhero blockbuster of its kind. The Yellow Ranger, Trini, played by Becky G, deals with “girlfriend problems” and is perceived to be questioning her sexual orientation throughout the Hollywood remake.Becky G says this should not be a big deal. The singer turned actress spoke to TMZ on Wednesday about all the fuss over her role at...
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...
I was introduced to Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not at age 8. I remember watching a confident, mysterious young woman on screen who stood up for herself in the French Resistance and dominated a romantic relationship. I thought to myself, I want to be her. Because I was raised by a single mother and moved back-and-forth from California to New York through most of my childhood, it was challenging to maintain friendships and find a role model. After moving, I spent most of...
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