With Georgetown, Christoph Waltz joins the steady stream of actors making their transition behind the camera to make their highly anticipated directorial debuts. And indeed, the two-time Oscar winner seems like the perfect candidate to make that leap: a character actor with a keen eye for a riveting script and larger-than-life characters. But unfortunately, despite the talent that he frontloads into his debut film and despite the sordid real-life story upon which it’s based, Georgetown is a snooze.
Based on a real-life couple that was memorialized in The New York Times’ attention-grabbing article “The Worst Marriage in Georgetown,” the scandal at the center of Georgetown seems better suited for the D.C. gossip magazines or whispered furtively among the city’s elites at black tie parties. But in Georgetown, the story is given the same dramatic weight as a film about the president of the United States. And as electrifying as Waltz is to watch onscreen, his Ulrich Mott is no Richard Nixon.
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Captain Marvel is now in theaters, clobbering the box office. As is usually the case following a big film’s opening weekend, a torrent of news and tidbits have flooded online. We’re here to bring them all to you in one convenient location, because we care so deeply about you and your needs. Below, learn about a Captain Marvel deleted scene; a change involving Annette Bening’s character; a brief but important cameo, and more! Beware of spoilers!
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Marvel has kept a tight lid on Captain Marvel, cracking down on any secrets that may be spilled or identities that could be spoiled for the comic book movie. But with three weeks to go until the theatrical release, it seems that they may be easing up a little on the mysteries surrounding the film. Specifically: who the hell is Annette Bening playing? Theories swirled around Bening’s ethereal character, who until now has only appeared briefly in trailers and in promotional images. But now the secret is out, thanks to a new Captain Marvel clip that Bening debuted at The Late Show.
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Scott Z. Burns has plenty of Hollywood experience as the writer of The Bourne Ultimatum, Side Effects, Contagion and The Informant. With his feature directorial debut The Report, one of our most anticipated titles of Sundance this year, the filmmaker shows that he’s picked up a step or two from directors Paul Greengrass and Steven Soderbergh. The result is a quiet but boiling political thriller that explores the infuriating and ethically questionable enhanced interrogation tactics employed by the CIA following the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Read More »
Every single dang character in Captain Marvel now has their own fancy character poster – including Captain Marvel’s cat, Goose. This is the first pet character poster in Marvel Cinematic Universe history, thus making this a momentous day for cinema. Also on display: young Nick Fury, young Agent Coulson, badly photoshopped Jude Law, and of course, Captain Marvel herself. See the Captain Marvel character posters below, and familiarize yourself with everyone human, alien, and feline.
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Academy Award nominee Annette Bening is not the kind of thespian who regularly pops up in major Hollywood blockbusters. So that makes her joining the cast of Captain Marvel, the latest superhero tale from Marvel Studios, all the more exciting. We don’t know who Bening is playing yet, but the promise of her mere presence should be more than enough for now.
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Put Annette Bening, Saoirse Ronan, Elisabeth Moss, and Corey Stoll in a room, and you’ve got yourself one of the most talented, charismatic rooms in Hollywood. It’s too bad that The Seagull, Michael Mayer‘s plodding, histrionic adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play of the same name, puts that talent to waste.
Mayer and screenwriter Stephen Karam enthusiastically try to modernize an 1896 romantic drama that is steeped in the subtext and social environment of Chekov’s Russia. And while the camera swings with lively verve and the lush, picturesque setting lends a dreamy quality to the film, the many colorful characters are still stuck in a story that feels like it’s over 100 years old. At the end of the day, Bening and Ronan can only do so much, and The Seagull becomes a comedy of errors without the comedy.
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Hollywood loves stories about old Hollywood, and now a veteran actress is getting a chance to shine in a true tale about an aging movie star. Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool tells the story of the romance between British actor Peter Turner (Jamie Bell) and Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame, played here by Annette Bening. While Grahame won a trophy for her work in The Bad and the Beautiful, could this be Bening’s chance to take home the gold?
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Posted on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
Is there ever really a right time for a teenage boy to come of age? Put aside the nostalgia for the past and the optimism for the future for a second, and you’ll find that each era provides its own ups and downs, some universal and some unique. Still, the tail end of the Carter era is looking like a particular challenge for Dorothea (Annette Bening), the single mother at the center of 20th Century Women. “When you were born, I told you life was very big and unknown,” she says in a wistful monologue. “But now it’s 1979, and nothing means anything.”
The new movie from Mike Mills (Beginners) chronicles the lives of a ramshackle sort of family. Dorothea and her son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) runs a boarding house whose tenants include artist Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and carpenter William (Billy Crudup). There’s also Julie (Elle Fanning), the next door neighbor who’s over so often she might as well live there, too. When Dorothea reaches out for help raising Jamie, they all come together to embark on this messy project. Watch the 20th Century Women trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
The first trailer for 20th Century Women opens with a familiar sound: a politician grandly diagnosing what he sees as the real problem with America. But the person talking isn’t anyone running for president this year — it’s Jimmy Carter, delivering his famous “Crisis of Confidence” speech in 1979. The characters watching the address seem largely unimpressed, save for Dorothea (Annette Bening). “I thought that was beautiful,” she says.
20th Century Women is the new feature by Mike Mills, who last put out the rather lovely romance Beginners. He’s lined up an impressive cast to bring to life his portrait of 1970s Santa Barbara, including Bening, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, and Lucas Jade Zumann. Watch the 20th Century Women teaser trailer below. Read More »