Thursday, May 19, 2022

Rachel Montpelier

“Vida’s” Tanya Saracho Working on a New Show at Starz

It’s been nearly two years since “Vida” took its final bow at Starz, and now there’s word that the network and series creator Tanya Saracho are joining forces on a new project. According to Deadline, Saracho is developing half-hour...

Diversity in Cannes Creator Yolonda Brinkley Launches “Dear Cannes, Do Better,” Calls for More Inclusion

Yolonda Brinkley, the creator of inclusion movement Diversity in Cannes, is celebrating the festival’s 75th edition by urging it to make more of an effort — specifically to “dismantle the patriarchy, embrace inclusion, and select more Black women to...

Watch: Bella Ramsey Shares Her Passions in “Catherine Called Birdy” Clip, Lena Dunham Directs

After 13 years in development, we finally have a glimpse of Lena Dunham’s adaptation of Karen Cushman’s 1994 historical YA novel, “Catherine Called Birdy.” Teen Vogue premiered a first-look clip and spoke to writer-director Dunham and star Bella Ramsey...

Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s Directorial Debut Heading to IFC, Jessie Buckley, Fiona Shaw, & Vicky Krieps Star

“Hot Milk” has found a home. A press release confirms that the adaptation of the bestselling Deborah Levy novel, which marks renowned screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s directorial debut, has secured distribution. IFC Films acquired U.S. rights to the film, while...

Lizzo Documentary in the Works at HBO Max

It’s about damn time: a film about Lizzo is finally on the way. According to a press release, HBO Max will premiere an as-yet untitled documentary about the music superstar this fall. Lizzo, who is executive producing via her...

Julianne Moore, Sandra Oh, & Lynne Ramsay Teaming Up for Margaret Atwood Adaptation “Stone Mattress”

Another Margaret Atwood adaptation is on the way, this time with Lynne Ramsay at the helm. Deadline confirms the “You Were Never Really Here” filmmaker is directing “hot Cannes market package” “Stone Mattress,” based on Atwood’s New Yorker short...

Maxine Peake Will Play Hero Journalist and Putin Critic Anna Politkovskaya in “Mother Russia”

Maxine Peake is adding “crusading journalist” to the list of the 90+ characters she has brought to life. The BAFTA and BIFA-nominated actress has signed on to portray Anna Politkovskaya, the real-life Russian reporter, human rights activist, and outspoken...

Pick of the Day: “The Essex Serpent”

I have not read “The Essex Serpent” by Sarah Perry, so I don’t know if the snake it’s named for is real, a metaphor, regional folklore, or some combination of the three. I do know that the six-part Apple...

Pick of the Day: “Hacks”

The Odd Couple of stand-up comedy are hitting the road. That’s right, “Hacks” is back and everyone’s favorite diva comedienne, Deborah Vance (Jean Smart), is going on tour, with the assistance of her insufferably woke millennial joke writer, Ava...

Anna Kendrick, Blake Lively, and Paul Feig Returning for “A Simple Favor” Sequel

Get ready for more mystery, twists, yuppie passive aggression, and (hopefully) custom suits. A sequel to “A Simple Favor,” the hit 2018 thriller starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively, is on the way. Kendrick and Lively are returning for...

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