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The Best Sex Scenes of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ to ‘Call Me by Your Name’

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The Best Sex Scenes of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ to ‘Call Me by Your Name’
What makes a sex scene sexy? More to the point, what makes a sex scene good? That’s become an especially thorny question in recent years, with detailed accounts of what goes on behind the scenes of movies we love complicating our relationship with their most memorable moments (we’re looking at you, “Blue Is the Warmest Color”). And though we’re ever so slowly moving away from the male gaze serving as the default perspective on love, sex, and everything between, there’s still a long way to go.

Read More:The 25 Best Sexy Movies of the 21st Century, From ‘Y Tu Mamá También’ to ‘Blue is the Warmest Color

Still, there’s been a lot to celebrate over the last 17 years. A number of sex-positive, Lgbtq-friendly, and otherwise forward-thinking filmmakers have directed scenes that are as steamy as they are moving. There’s nothing missionary about the movies below — S&M,
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‘Mary Magdalene’ Trailer: Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix Get Biblical

After collaborating for the first time in Spike Jonze’s Her, five years later, Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara are back together in two films. Before Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot arrives later in 2018, this Easter we’ll be getting a biblical epic starring the duo and today the first trailer has arrived.

Mary Magdalene features Mara as the title character and Phoenix as Jesus, which will certainly pique anyone’s interest. Direction comes from Garth Davis who recently transitioned from Top of the Lake to the Best Picture-nominated Lion and the cast also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peter and Tahar Rahim as Judas. While it will be difficult for the final project to live up to this set image, one can get the first glimpse below with the debut trailer.

Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.
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Exclusive Interview – James Kermack on writing and directing Hi-Lo Joe

Originally from East London, writer and director James Kermack began his career as an actor with experience spanning theatre, TV and film, before embarking on new projects as a filmmaker. Years in the making, his feature debut, the powerful romantic drama Hi-Lo Joe is finally here and tackles the difficult, seldom discussed issues of male mental health and depression.

In Hi-Lo Joe, everyone loves Joe Ridley, except Joe Ridley. He’s the life and soul of the party on the outside but, inside, a dark depression envelops him and a childhood trauma haunts him. Elly loves him but as their relationship grows, Joe’s inner turmoil slowly becomes uncontrollable, threatening his relationship. Can Joe save himself before he loses everything he loves?

With a breakout performance from new star Matthew Stathers the film co-stars Lizzie Philips, Gethin Anthony (Aquarius, Game of Thrones), Tom Bateman (Murder on the Orient Express, Snatched
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Jim Carrey Opens Up About His Depression: ‘I’m Sometimes Happy’

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Jim Carrey Opens Up About His Depression: ‘I’m Sometimes Happy’
Anyone who’s seen Jim Carrey’s movies knows he’s hilarious; anyone who’s seen his interviews knows he isn’t always laughing. The actor has spoken about his depression before — in 2004, he told CBS News that “it feels like a low level of despair you live in” — but he says it’s now subsided and that he’s “sometimes happy.”

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The updates comes in an interview with i News occasioned by the exceptional new Netflix documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond,” which focuses on Carrey in general and his experiences making “Man on the Moon” in particular. “At this point, I don’t have depression. There is not an experience of depression,” he says. “I had that for years, but now, when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn’t stay.
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Rollback Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 5

And now we finally get to the best one of all. The true peak of Buffy. The Season where it truly was at its finest hour.

After a shaky Season Four, Buffy returned in style for its fifth season, constructing 22 episodes full of strong characters, a brilliant arc, heartbreaking moments and some of the best hours that the show ever produced. Whilst all the previous Seasons of Buffy had numerous good qualities, it’s fifth just seemed to have everything. From the intense, gripping story-arc of Season Two, to the consistently brilliant episodes of Season Three, to the superb stand-alone hours of Season Four, Season Five is an example of a show at full throttle. It’s brimming with confidence, it knows exactly where it’s taking the story – and explores new routes for our characters that we didn’t even think we’d see.

So, what makes Season Five so great?
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‘The Man Who Invented Christmas’ Gives Dan Stevens A Charming Yet Formulaic Holiday Biopic [Review]

Movies that center around writers tend to vary. The process of writing is so inherently introspective that trying to make that narratively interesting can be tricky. There are exceptions, of course. There are great movies, like Spike Jonze‘s “Adaptation,” that found ingenious, heartbreaking ways to depict what it means to be a writer without overdoing the showmanship. There are films, like “Barton Fink” and “The Shining,” that use different genres and dark comedy to translate the madness that comes in trying to jot down your thoughts.

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Greta Gerwig & Spike Jonze Discuss The Relatable Nature Of ‘Lady Bird’

Greta Gerwig and Spike Jonze sat down recently following a screening of Gerwig’s directorial debut film “Lady Bird” to talk about the film, the road to getting it made and what themes in her own life helped to inspire the film. Jonze, former music video director turned filmmaker has received widespread acclaim for his films including “Her“, “Being John Malkovich” and “Adaptation.” Jonze and Gerwig discussed what makes “Lady Bird” relatable to teenagers and adults alike as well as what it took to get this film to the big screen.

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Listen: Greta Gerwig and Spike Jonze Discuss ‘Lady Bird,’ Directorial Advice, and Motherhood

Not only is Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s solo directorial debut, one of the year’s best films, it’s also one the most successful. In under 250 theaters, it’s already made nearly $5 million and is well on its way to becoming one of A24’s biggest films. Since its debut at Telluride, Gerwig and her collaborators have been going in-depth on the making of the coming-of-age story and now today we have one of the most essential conversations.

Sitting down at the DGA theater in Los Angeles, Gerwig participated in a talk with Spike Jonze. In preparing for the film, Gerwig would call up directors — including Jonze, Mike Mills, Rebecca Miller, Wes Anderson, Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, and, of course, Noah Baumbach — and talk to them for hours about a variety of questions she had. So, this was a reunion of sorts for Jonze and Gerwig as they discussed the advice that was given.
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Malala Yousafzai, Spike Jonze Among Mentors For Vice’s Girl-Power Broadly Films Initiative

Vice's female-focused vertical is launching a new division that will provide opportunities for up-and-coming filmmakers. As first shared by The Hollywood Reporter, Broadly has launched Broadly Films, a unit that will finance 36 short films led by female creators.

The shorts, financed by a multi-million dollar commitment from Vice investor A&E, will cover topics like technology and women's issues. The featured creators will receive assistance from a powerful group of mentors that includes feminist icons like Malala Yousafzai and Gloria Steinem as well as film industry notables like Spike Jonze and Ana Lily Amirpour.

"We need to empower the next generation of filmmakers. Often they have fantastic ideas but they don't know how to execute them or they don't have access to funding," said filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who is one of the Broadly Films mentors. "The only way to have an impact is to tell your own stories, in your own words,
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Vice Media to Invest in Female Filmmakers with Newly Launched Broadly Films

Broadly Films’ Ariel Wengroff: Broadly/YouTube

Vice Media is expanding Broadly, its female-driven channel and website. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Vice has introduced Broadly Films, a three-year program dedicated to funding and distributing women-helmed short films from all over the world. Broadly publisher and “Woman with Gloria Steinem” Ep Ariel Wengroff developed the idea for the program and will oversee it for Vice.

Set to launch by the end of the year, Broadly Films will support 36 filmmakers as they “develop and create short films focused on innovation, technology, youth, and women’s issues,” the source reports.

The program will spotlight Middle Eastern women’s voices. One-third of the projects will be from women living in the Middle East or from women of Middle Eastern descent, and Vice will open an office in Abu Dhabi in the next few months. “If we’re going to have boots on the ground in this region, we want to make sure that we’re covering stories about women there,” Wengroff told THR.

Broadly Films hopes to release some of its projects theatrically as well as screen them in the filmmakers’ home countries. “There are a lot of young female creators making content who don’t have the opportunity for people to see their stories,” Wengroff explained.

Gloria Steinem, Malala Yousafzai, directors Ana Lily Amirpour (“A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”) and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (“3 Bahadur: The Revenge of Baba Balaam”), visual artist Shirin Neshat, and Vice creative director and “Her” helmer Spike Jonze are set to serve as mentors at Broadly Films. They will assist Vice in selecting the program’s filmmakers and give notes and advice on the projects in development.

“We need to empower the next generation of filmmakers. Often they have fantastic ideas but they don’t know how to execute them or they don’t have access to funding,” explained Obaid-Chinoy. “The only way to have an impact is to tell your own stories, in your own words, in your own communities. That’s when you’ll start to see an impact.”

Wengroff’s other producing credits include “Vice News” and “Vice Special Report: A House Divided.” She also worked on the crew of Amirpour’s most recent film “The Bad Batch.” The first season of “Woman” concluded in June 2016. No word yet on whether it will receive another season.

Vice Media to Invest in Female Filmmakers with Newly Launched Broadly Films was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Lady Bird’ Cinematographer Sam Levy on Greta Gerwig, Frank Ocean, and Éric Rohmer

After working under Harris Savides for many years, in the past decade, Sam Levy has emerged to bring a distinct visual style to the face of American independent film. With his collaborations with Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy), Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha, While We’re Young, Mistress America), and more, there’s a energetic dexterity and understated beauty to his images that is among the finest of his contemporaries.

His latest work finds him re-teaming with frequent collaborator Greta Gerwig, but this time for her directorial debut, Lady Bird. I spoke with Levy about his part in capturing a film of enormous amiability and vitality, as well as his early days studying under Éric Rohmer, working with Spike Jonze on a secretive Frank Ocean project, and his favorite film of the last year.

The Film Stage: You’ve worked with Greta Gerwig on a handful of films. How early on
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20 Actors Who Hate Their Own Movies

20 Actors Who Hate Their Own Movies
From Jim Carrey to Channing Tatum and Nicole Kidman, these actors get brutally honest about the movies they hate most.

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'Drop the Mic' Makes the Move From 'Late Late Show' Viral Video to TBS Series

At first, TBS' Drop the Mic looks like another late-night series spinoff in the vein of Spike's Lip Sync Battle (from The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon) and Apple Music's Carpool Karaoke (via The Late Late Show With James Corden). However, to hear executive producers Ben Winston and Jensen Karp tell it, The Late Late Show was never intended as the endgame for the segment, which makes its series debut Tuesday on TBS.

The show's jump from pitch to premiere was a relatively short one. After they first met in 2016, Winston and Karp immediately began brainstorming the idea and...
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Netflix's Jim and Andy Trailer Has Carrey Possessed by Kaufman

Netflix's Jim and Andy Trailer Has Carrey Possessed by Kaufman
Netflix has released the first trailer for Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, which will premiere globally on the streaming service Friday, November 17. While that's also the same day that Justice League hits theaters nationwide, this documentary won't exactly appeal to superhero fanboys, but for those who follow comedy lore, it's certainly shaping up to be a must-see film. This trailer comes just a month after Netflix acquired this Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman documentary at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it had its world premiere screening.

Director Chris Smith presents a fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey's time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman. Using approximately 100 hours of footage shot on the set of Man on the Moon documenting Carrey's transformation into Kaufman for four months, the new trailer for this Netflix documentary features interview footage with Jim Carrey in present day, who reveals that Universal Pictures,
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Watch Jim Carrey Rage Like Andy Kaufman Off-Set in Doc Clip

Watch Jim Carrey Rage Like Andy Kaufman Off-Set in Doc Clip
When Jim Carrey portrayed Andy Kaufman for the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon, he allowed himself to be swept up in the role, acting like the difficult comedian on set and off. He ultimately won a Golden Globe for the performance, but despite the success, the studio never released any making-of footage as DVD extras content. Now, nearly two decades later, a new documentary – Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond - With a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, which will premiere on Netflix on November 17th – will show how the film was made.
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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’ Trailer: Jim Carrey Becomes Andy Kaufman

If “The Truman Show” showed that Jim Carrey was more than just a rubber-faced comedian, it was “Man On The Moon” that displayed the extent of his gifts. The actor committed deeply to playing legendary comic Andy Kaufman and his alter ego, Tony Clifton, never breaking character while on set, which led to some baffling moments for his co-stars. Now, Carrey has provided reams of his behind-the-scenes footage which has helped shape the documentary, “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond – Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton.”

Produced by Spike Jonze, the film looks at Carrey’s work in the movie, with the actor sharing insights about his experience making “Man on The Moon.” Here’s the official synopsis:

Director Chris Smith’s fascinating deep dive into actor Jim Carrey’s time spent portraying famed and complicated comedian Andy Kaufman.

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‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’ Trailer: Jim Carrey Shows You How He Transformed Into Andy Kaufman

‘Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond’ Trailer: Jim Carrey Shows You How He Transformed Into Andy Kaufman
Any list of Jim Carrey’s best performances is bound to have his turn as Andy Kaufman in Miloš Forman’s “Man on the Moon” somewhere in the top five. Carrey earned universal acclaim for his turn as the comedian and performance artist, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy, and now he looks back at the process of becoming Kaufman in the new documentary “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.”

Read More:Jim Carrey’s Artist Life: Inside His Friendship With Spike Jonze, Dense Personal Archives, and His ‘Eternal Sunshine’ Role Switch

Directed by Chris Smith, “Jim & Andy” features never-before-seen footage from behind the scenes of “Man on the Moon.” The documentary chronicles Carrey’s artistic process and how he fully transformed into the legendary Kaufman, which included going method and remaining in character for much of production. The documentary premiered at the Venice Film Festival earlier this year.
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Jim Carrey’s Artist Life: Inside His Friendship With Spike Jonze, Dense Personal Archives, and His ‘Eternal Sunshine’ Role Switch

Jim Carrey’s Artist Life: Inside His Friendship With Spike Jonze, Dense Personal Archives, and His ‘Eternal Sunshine’ Role Switch
It was already an exciting evening at Moma on Tuesday night when Jim Carrey, Spike Jonze, and Chris Smith sat down for a Q&A following a screening of “Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond.” Then Michael Stipe showed up, and the crowd went wild all over again.

The movie, directed by Smith and produced by Jonze, tracks Carrey’s extreme, method-like immersion into the role of Andy Kaufman on the set of Milos Forman’s “Man on the Moon.” The footage, which sat in Carrey’s personal archives for over a decade, finds Carrey baffling everyone on set (and beyond it). The project came together after Carrey sent the footage to Jonze, who brought Smith onboard.

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Spike said, ‘You know, I could do something with that, maybe,’” Carrey recalled.
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Rollback Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 4

And thus, a new era began.

Buffy Season Four is a controversial Season amongst fans. To put it simply – it’s not the favourite for many. This was a bit of an interesting year for the show – for one thing, it lost two of its principle cast members to a newly launched spin-off, the familiar high school location was no more and the characters were officially adults. Times were moving on for Buffy, and the things that we had gotten used to were going to have to change.

Thus, the show moved onto the life of a Slayer at College, and the adventures that ensued. Adventures that are a little, well, daft at times. Don’t get me wrong – Season Four is by no means a failure, and does hit some serious heights on occasion. If anything, it lacks the consistency of Season Three and the brilliance of Season Two.
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Review: Interred with Their Bones—Denis Villeneuve's "Blade Runner 2049"

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There’s a nagging question at the heart of Denis Villenueve’s Blade Runner 2049, and it’s to do with need. Why does Ryan Gosling’s Detective K need a robot wife (Ana de Armas), programmed to speak in a diaphanous lisp? Why does he need an apartment? What purpose is there for a robot to blend in? Everyone in his world can almost smell his oiled gears, his falseness. So why does he need the trappings of reality? Like Twin Peaks: The Return, Blade Runner 2049 has to interrogate its own incongruous existence so many years after the artifact that gave it life first entered the cultural bloodstream. Why does this film exist, beyond the potential box office? Why have writer Hampton Fancher and producer Ridley Scott gone back here? Who needs this? The film seems aware of itself as an automaton theatrical event. It watches itself; taking place behind glass,
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