Monday, June 27, 2022

Rachel Montpelier

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...

Exclusive: Chicken & Egg’s New Project: Hatched Grantees Tackle Gender Identity, Mental Illness, & More

A portrait of an abolitionist trying to heal her family in the wake of incarceration, an animated short presenting gender fluidity through a child’s eyes, and the story of 30 women crossing from North to South Korea in pursuit...

Cannes Market: “Dirty Dancing” Sequel Planning 2024 Release, Script Hails from Elizabeth Chomko

Get ready to have the time of your life — again. Lionsgate is bringing its long-in-the-works, “Dirty Dancing” sequel to the Cannes Market. The “hot market package” is planning to begin production later this year and eyeing a 2024...

Projects Starring Ann Dowd, Maisie Williams to Launch Sales at Cannes Market

Women-penned pics starring Ann Dowd and Maisie Williams are among the latest projects heading to the 2022 Cannes Film Market. Dowd will be toplining “The Undertaker’s Children,” a thriller written by Natasha LePetit. Williams will lead “Sinner V. Saints,”...

Delegates Selected for Stories x Women, Program Working to Boost Diversity in Global Animation

Women in Animation (WIA) and the International Federation of Film Producers’ Associations (FIAPF) have announced the delegates for Stories x Women, a new program designed to boost the diversity of voices in animation around the world. According to a...

Maryam Touzani’s Cannes Pic “The Blue Caftan” Acquired by Films Boutique

We’re still more than a week out from Cannes 2022 but its films are already being picked up for distribution. Among them are Maryam Touzani’s sophomore feature, “The Blue Caftan.” Per Variety, Films Boutique has acquired the drama about...

Metrograph Hosting “It Happens to Us” Film Series About Abortion in America Through May 21

As the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. lies on the chopping block, New York’s Metrograph is hosting a film series exploring the topic and its role in American life. (Spoiler alert: Abortion has always been a thing...

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