charlie says review

In the 50 years since the Manson Family committed the brutal murders that shook the nation, the cult and its infamous leader Charles Manson has never really left the public consciousness. And this year, the number of movies attempting to decrypt the notorious Manson and his all-consuming influence has ramped up, with everything from shockingly offensive horror films to star-studded Quentin Tarantino dramas taking on the cult leader. But what about the women who were under Manson’s thrall?

Charlie Says attempts to answer that question, examining the horrific Manson Family murders through the perspective of three of Manson’s most devout followers: Leslie Van Houten (Hannah Murray), Susan Atkins (Marianne Rendón), and Patricia Krenwinkel (Sosie Bacon). But despite the three women bringing this story to life from behind the camera — American Psycho‘s Mary Harron helms while frequent Harron collaborator Guinevere Turner wrote the script, and Dana Guerin produced — the film’s purported female gaze feels partially obscured.

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Charlie Says trailer

Charles Manson is having an unexpectedly busy year on the big screen. In addition to The Haunting of Sharon Tate and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the infamous cult leader is also featured in Charlie Says. Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith plays Manson, but this film from American Psycho director Mary Harron isn’t about him. It’s about the Manson Girls – star-struck followers willing to kill because Manson told them to. Watch the Charlie Says trailer below.

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Alias Grace trailer

Another Margaret Atwood adaptation is coming to a computer screen near you. But this time, the bonnets worn by the women in Alias Grace are a mark of historical fiction rather than an oppressive dystopia.

Netflix is adapting Atwood’s award-winning novel into a six-episode miniseries starring Sarah Gadon as the titular Grace Marks, who finds herself convicted of the brutal murder of her employer, and without memory of why.

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‘American Psycho’ Team Making Manson Family Movie

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Director Mary Harron and screenwriter Guinevere Turner already know a thing or two about American psychos, as the team behind American Psycho, and they’ll be putting that knowledge to good use with their next effort. The pair are reuniting for The Family, about the Manson Family murders of 1969.   Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we remember what it was like to be 11, enjoy the pop hit “True” in a completely unironic way, create good TV, leave this earth behind, and understand our economy before falling asleep.

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Gather ’round, kids, and let’s watch some things advertising other things to watch. After the jump:

  • Mitch Hurwitz reveals his scrapped plans for a George Clooney cameo in Arrested Development
  • ABC picks up a drama from The L Word‘s Ilene Chaiken and Bryan Singer
  • BBC One and the Jim Henson Co. are teaming for a new Muppets-like show
  • Here’s what Helena Bonham Carter looks like as Elizabeth Taylor
  • See a teaser for The Anna Nicole Story, from American Psycho‘s Mary Harron
  • Watch a trailer for Netflix’s next original series Orange Is the New Black
  • FX’s latest promo for The Bridge is full of border-related factoids
  • Jerry Seinfeld‘s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee returns this month

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Since the release of American Psycho in 2000, director Mary Harron has made only one feature, the 2005 release The Notorious Bettie Page. She’s hardly been idle, and has put a great amount of television work on her resume in the past decade. But now Harron returns to the big screen as the director of a gothic thriller called The Moth Diaries.

Harron scripted the film based on Rachel Klein‘s 2001 novel in which the boarding school friendship of Rebecca (Sarah Bolger) and Lucy (Sarah Gadon) is fractured by the arrival of Ernessa (Lily Cole). Is Ernessa a threat on more than a social level? Is she perhaps a vampire? Glean what clues you can from the new trailer, below. Read More »

The comedy Burt Wonderstone, which is planning to star Steve Carell as a “traditional magic man who is dethroned by a hip younger illusionist and must then find a way to rediscover his love for magic,” has been kicking around for a few years. John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) wrote the script, and the film has had a couple different directors attached. Jake Kasdan was going to make the movie before Steve Carell came on board; then a few months ago Parks and Recreation director Charles McDougall was in talks to direct.

Now New Line has tapped Don Scardino, 30 Rock director, to direct. This looks like a final deal, and the movie will really start to move forward. It will shoot in October; now we have to wait to see who gets the gig playing the rival young magician.

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Su-su-Suri. In a new interview with Black Book, director Mary Harron dryly shares the revelation that Christian Bale‘s inspiration for his pretty-damn-legendary performance in her American Psycho was none other than Tom Cruise. What’s more, there is previous online precedent to connect Cruise’s go-getter, ’80s attitude and famous physical regimen with Patrick Bateman‘s yuppie, psychopathic shell. After the jump, we have Harron’s very candid remark, as well as the actor who so embodies this strange, pop culture duality…

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When I last reported on Mary Harron’s big screen adaptation of Rachel Klein’s vampire novel The Moth Diaries, the writer-director was in London for a retrospective of her work at the Birds Eye Festival and the Diaries info only came up incidentally. Back then in March it wasn’t obvious to me who had scripted the film, or indeed who was going to star but that’s all come clear in a new Screen Daily report from Cannes.

The story takes place in a boarding school for girls. The narrator of the novel is a diarist who begins to suspect that a newly arrived pupil is a vampire. This character, the enigmatic Ernessa, is specifically pale – a none too obscure plot point in a vampire tale – so while there’s no specification in Screen Daily’s post as to who Cole would be playing, she’s got the complexion for the suspected vampiress. Speedman will be playing the literature professor who gives the girls their grounding in gothic literature.

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