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‘Raising Dion’: Jason Ritter To Star In Netflix’s Superhero Family Drama Series

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‘Raising Dion’: Jason Ritter To Star In Netflix’s Superhero Family Drama Series
Former Kevin (Probably) Saves The World star Jason Ritter has been cast in a key role in Netflix’s straight-to-series hourlong sci-fi family drama Raising Dion, based on commercial and music video director Dennis Liu’s short film about an African-American single mother who discovers her young son has multiple, constantly changing abilities. The project comes from Liu, Creed star Michael B. Jordan, who will have a supporting role, veteran showrunner Carol Barbee, writer-producer Michael Green and Charles D. King’s MacRo (Fences). Kenny Goodman executive produces.

Raising Dion, a Netflix production, follows the story of a woman named Nicole Reese, who raises her son Dion after the death of her husband Mark (Jordan). The normal dramas of raising a son as a single mom are amplified when Dion starts to manifest several magical, superhero-like abilities. Nicole must now keep her son’s gifts
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How Director Jennifer Fox Found a Safe Way to Shoot Harrowing Underage Sex Scene in ‘The Tale’

  • The Wrap
As a director shooting the HBO movie “The Tale” based on her own experiences as the survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Jennifer Fox faced a special challenge: how to handle the crucial and horrific sex scene between 13-year-old Jennifer (Isabelle Nélisse) and her grown-up track coach (Jason Ritter).

“That scene is so broken apart, we shot-listed it, and we prepared days before of where the cameras would be, that it didn’t have this great emotional meaning for me that people would expect,” Fox told TheWrap.

And Fox and her production team got creative in how they set up the scene to protect Nélisse, who was 11, turning 12, at the time the film shot on location in Louisiana in 2015.

Also Read: Laura Dern: 'We All Felt Wrenched' by Sexual Abuse Story of HBO's 'The Tale'

“Isabelle was on a vertical bed, and there was never any physical contact between her and Jason,
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Laura Dern: ‘We All Felt Wrenched’ by Sexual Abuse Story of HBO’s ‘The Tale’

  • The Wrap
Laura Dern: ‘We All Felt Wrenched’ by Sexual Abuse Story of HBO’s ‘The Tale’
This story about Laura Dern first appeared in the Miniseries/Movies issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine.

It was one thing for Laura Dern to play a woman who suppressed the memory of her first sexual experience for years in HBO’s “The Tale.” It was another to have the woman who lived through those circumstances in real life sitting in the director’s chair.

“In a word? Weird,” Dern said when asked what it was like playing out director Jennifer Fox’s personal experience with Fox directing. “Super odd. Helpful, healing, weird, confronting, delicate — it was all those things.”

In order to “make it feel just right,” Dern said, she and Fox had had lunches, dinners and phone conversations. “It’s her truth, yes, and I have to play her, but I also have to feel it in my bones and understand it, and that takes its own journey
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The Tale Is a Searing Depiction of Real-Life Sexual Abuse - and a Must Watch

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Long before the #MeToo movement had a name, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox was working on The Tale. The film, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before making its way to HBO on May 26, is the devastating true story of the sexual abuse she experienced as a 13-year-old girl. Starring Laura Dern as adult Fox, Isabelle Nélisse as the director at 13 years old, and Jason Ritter as her abuser, The Tale is a searing depiction of rape and the ways in which abuse can impact someone's life without them even realizing it.

The Tale is Fox's first narrative film, and it serves as a memoir of sorts, as well as a graphic depiction of what sex abuse can look like from a child's perspective. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a few difficult scenes in the film showing acts of abuse led some audience members to walk
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The Tale Is a Searing Depiction of Real-Life Sexual Abuse - and a Must Watch

Image Source: HBO

Long before the #MeToo movement had a name, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox was working on The Tale. The film, which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival before making its way to HBO on May 26, is the devastating true story of the sexual abuse she experienced as a 13-year-old girl. Starring Laura Dern as adult Fox, Isabelle Nélisse as the director at 13 years old, and Jason Ritter as her abuser, The Tale is a searing depiction of rape and the ways in which abuse can impact someone's life without them even realizing it.

The Tale is Fox's first narrative film, and it serves as a memoir of sorts, as well as a graphic depiction of what sex abuse can look like from a child's perspective. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a few difficult scenes in the film showing acts of abuse led some audience members to walk
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'The Tale' review: This dark film on child sexual abuse is a must-watch

HotstarA documentarian looks back at her own childhood and uncovers startling truths.Sandeep NarayananScreenshot/HotstarHBO’s latest offering The Tale starts with an intriguing disclaimer: “The story you’re about to see is true. As far as I know it.” The Tale takes a close look at director Jennifer Fox’s own life as she navigates through the memories of her childhood to uncover something dark and disturbing. The thing about childhood memories are that they are never completely our own , they are hand-me-downs from people around us, and trying to recollect these memories can be like looking through a kaleidoscope. Colourful and constantly changing, creating a new pattern, a new story, every single time. And sometimes what you discover is not pleasant. Laura Dern plays Jennifer Fox, a 48-year-old documentarian whose life is suddenly and irrevocably turned upside down when she receives a call from her mother who discovers some stories Jennifer had written as a 13-year-old. These letters reveal that young Jennifer (played by a very impressive Isabelle Nélisse) was used as a pawn as part of some perverse sexual fantasy of her track coach Bill (Jason Ritter) and married equestrian instructor Mrs. G ( Elizabeth Debicki). Jennifer refuses to accept that she was sexually abused in the beginning, even after her mother shows her the stories. “It is just a story, Mom,” she says. She truly believes that it was a consensual relationship that she was in. In her mind, she was old enough to make decisions about relationships. In the story she had concocted for herself, she even looked older when the abuse happened. She refuses to believe that she was a victim. Realisation strikes her when her mother shows her a picture of how she looked when she was 13. Thus begins Jennifer’s journey into her past and it takes her down a rabbit hole of despair. The result is a self exploration of sexual abuse, guided solely by the memories of an adolescent girl and a mature person who is in denial. The entire story is constructed in a very interesting way, where the older and younger versions of Jennifer meet up across time to make sense of the way things had happened. The younger Jennifer is constantly at loggerheads with her older self; the more her older self uncovers, the more uncomfortable her 13-year-old self gets. Over the course of the film, we see the disturbing and horrifying truth of child sexual abuse. The director has chosen to show scenes of Bill raping a young Jennifer (a disclaimer informs us that an adult body double was used for these scenes). But, this creates some very intense and dark moments which make us sit up and take notice. The scene doesn’t fade to black, it is not left to the viewers' imagination. As viewers, we are forced to confront the truth, it is not pretty, it is not romantic, it is ugly and one needs to understand that. In the last scene of The Tale, we see Laura Dern and Isabelle Nélisse sitting next to each other and trying to make sense of the horrific ordeal she had been through and why she had chosen to create these myths about her life. Those questions are not answered. It leaves us with a void, a sense of loss. But what this film bravely and effectively does is that it helps start a conversation which is sorely needed. Talking about child sexual abuse is never easy. It is one of those things that often get shoved under the carpet, the victims often bury these memories deep within the recesses of their mind. In a country where a child is sexually abused every 15 minutes, according to the latest government figures, one needs to not only talk but act against abusers and create an environment where children can feel safe and open up about these issues. Because as human beings we effectively try to shut out and forget painful memories and create false narratives that are easier to deal with. Like Joan Didion famously wrote in her 1979 book of essays, White Album, “We tell ourselves stories in order to live." The story of Jennifer is that of many a victim but it is only now in the times of #metoo and #timesup that women are getting an opportunity to tell these stories and be taken seriously. The Tale is an important film; it is an act of courage. It is disturbing and definitely not an easy watch but it is an extraordinary story which deserves to be heard. Note: The Tale is now streaming on Hotstar. Also read: From thundu to 'Kaala' sunglasses: Rajini's style props over the years
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The Tale Review – Sundance London 2018

In her first fiction feature The Tale, acclaimed documentarian Jennifer Fox approaches the subject of her own childhood sexual abuse with an unfathomable amount of honesty and unequaled bravery in a film which is set to become a seminal cinematic events in the wake of the #MeToo movement.

Starring Laura Dern as a taller and blonder Jennifer Fox, the film plays on our own perception of memory and what we choose to remember and opt to subconsciously forget from traumatic events. Presenting its audience with a narrative which challenges its own subject’s recollection of events, The Tale is likely to leave a lasting impression on our collective memories as one of the most important stories ever told by a female filmmaker.

Jenny (Laura Dern), is an accomplished documentary director and university professor whose work has taken her all the around the world, and has often put her in some very dangerous situations.
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Laura Dern gives one of the performances of the year so far in “The Tale”

By and large, the 2018 Sundance Film Festival was considered to be one that wouldn’t have much of an impact come Oscar season. Most years, at least one or two movies end up in play for Academy Awards. This year, however, there didn’t seem to be that sort of a lineup, especially once things began screen. Sure, there are contenders that could still surprise, but nothing seemed to be obvious. There was one interesting exception though, and that’s The Tale, which drew incredible buzz for star Laura Dern. The film was then oddly acquired by HBO, which premiered it over the weekend. Now, she’ll contend for Emmy and Golden Globe love instead of the Oscars. The movie is about as dark a drama as it gets. The vague IMDb description is as follows: “An investigation into one woman’s memory as she is forced to re-examine her
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How My Struggle As A Survivor Of Sexual Abuse Became ‘The Tale’, A Movie I Hope Will Change The World – Guest Column

How My Struggle As A Survivor Of Sexual Abuse Became ‘The Tale’, A Movie I Hope Will Change The World – Guest Column
Editor’S Note: Jennifer Fox’s The Tale airs tonight at 10 Pm on HBO, after a Sundance Film Festival premiere in January, which is where I first saw it. The film is a powerful piece of memoir in which Fox, best known for her work in documentary film, struggles with a revelation that a relationship she had when she was 13 with a much older man had not been the romantic first love as she had framed it in her memory for many years. She is played as herself in the film, by Laura Dern and Isabelle Nélisse, at different ages. At our Awardsline Screening Series panel last weekend, Fox explained that so pervasive is the grooming effect of childhood sexual abusers, it is not uncommon for survivors to live for years without realizing the damaging nature of the abuse they suffered. This is an instructive point for those who might
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TV Review: Laura Dern in HBO’s ‘The Tale’

  • Variety
TV Review: Laura Dern in HBO’s ‘The Tale’
The Tale” opens with a warning: “The story you’re about to see is true … as far as I know.”

What follows is a painstaking, wrenching examination into exploring what’s “true” and what’s not, what’s imagined and what’s real, the stories we create in order to protect ourselves from the potential wreckage that lies dormant inside us. As written and directed by documentarian Jennifer Fox from her own experiences, “The Tale” follows Jenny (Laura Dern) as she reevaluates the first “relationship” she had with an adult man when she was just 13 years old. Disoriented, she weaves in and out of her own experiences, determined to understand a past she that she’s been revising all her life.

Jenny’s deep dive into herself starts after her horrified mother (Ellen Burstyn) finds a story that 13-year-old Jenny wrote after spending a summer with running coach Bill (Jason Ritter) and equestrian expert Mrs.
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Is 'The Tale' HBO's Most Controversial Movie Ever?

Is 'The Tale' HBO's Most Controversial Movie Ever?
Innocence is a slippery concept: We're never conscious of possessing it, only of having lost it. That's the conceit behind writer-director Jennifer Fox's extraordinary cinematic memoir The Tale (which begins airing May 26th on HBO) – a raw, personal chronicle of the sexual abuse she sustained as a child in the 1970s. More radically, however, is how this tough-to-watch, formally daring look back (starring Laura Dern as the filmmaker's screen avatar) simultaneously details the process through which she came to recognize her experience as abuse – an epiphany arrived at gradually,
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Laura Dern On The “Restorative Justice” Of Jennifer Fox’s ‘The Tale’ In The Time’s Up Era — Awardsline Screening Series

Laura Dern On The “Restorative Justice” Of Jennifer Fox’s ‘The Tale’ In The Time’s Up Era  — Awardsline Screening Series
HBO Films will premiere The Tale, Jennifer Fox’s powerful narrative memoir about her own reckoning with childhood sexual abuse, on May 26th, and Fox joined castmembers Laura Dern, Isabelle Nélisse, Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn and Common for a moving panel after Sunday night’s AwardsLine screening of the film at La’s Landmark Theatre.

The film, which started shooting in 2015, came together in advance of the #MeToo and Time’s Up tidal waves that have shifted the conversation on gender equality and sexual abuse, and the courage it took to relate this story was the dominant theme of the evening’s discussion, moderated by Deadline’s Joe Utichi.

Based on Fox’s own life—Dern and Nélisse play Jennifer Fox at different ages—The Tale deals with the moment, years after the fact, that Fox was forced to grapple with the memories of her first sexual encounter aged 13. “It
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HBO Films’ “The Tale” Premieres on May 26

The Tale chronicles one woman’s powerful investigation into her own childhood memories, as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual experience – and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive. Premiering on HBO on Saturday, May 26, the HBO Films presentation is written and directed by Sundance Grand Prize winner and Emmy–nominee Jennifer Fox, who based it on her own true story. It stars Laura Dern (Big Little Lies), Isabelle Nélisse (Mama), Elizabeth Debicki (The Night Manager), Jason Ritter (Kevin (Probably) Saves the World), Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under), and John Heard (The Sopranos), with Common (Selma)

HBO Films’ “The Tale” Premieres on May 26
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TV News Roundup: Laura Dern-Led Film ‘The Tale’ Sets HBO Premiere Date

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In today’s roundup, HBO sets premiere date for “The Tale” and Tamera Mowry-Housley will host a docu-series on Facebook Watch.

Dates

HBO Films’ “The Tale” starring Laura Dern will debut on May 26 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt on HBO. The movie follows a woman who investigates her own childhood memories to reexamine her first sexual experience. Jennifer Fox serves as writer and director, and the film is based on her own true story. Isabelle Nélisse, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Frances Conroy, John Heard, Common and Ellen Burstyn also star.

Greenlights

Facebook Watch is greenlighting the interactive docu-series “Help Us Get Married!” hosted by Tamera Mowry-Housley, with the show set to launch on May 3. The show will premiere over two nights and feature three newly-engaged couples that are using the Facebook community to help plan their weddings. Facebook Watch viewers can assist the couple through Facebook polling and the results
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‘The Tale’ Trailer: Laura Dern Confronts Her Past in Powerful Tale of Sexual Abuse

The most powerful experience I’ve had at a theater this year is during Jennifer Fox’s The Tale at Sundance, but it won’t be the way the majority of viewers experience this harrowing tale of sexual abuse. Perhaps for the better due to the depiction of its subject matter, HBO picked up the Laura Dern-led film and will premiere it next month. Ahead of the release, they’ve now debuted the first trailer.

When letters are unearthed revealing more about a “relationship” when she was 13, Fox (Dern) starts to not only investigate in the present-day, but excavates the memories that she’s repeated since the trauma and opens a dialogue with her younger self (Isabelle Nélisse). What she perceived as a relationship was, in fact, repeated rape. Directed by Fox herself, The Tale is an emotionally debilitating drama, the powerful kind that makes one want to scream
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Laura Dern in First Trailer for Jennifer Fox's Remarkable Film 'The Tale'

"Why are you so angry?" "Why are you not angry?" HBO Films has revealed the first official trailer for the indie film The Tale, a controversial but still very remarkable, important film from filmmaker Jennifer Fox. This first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, with many calling it the best of the festival (including me - it really is a stunningly bold work of cinema). The Tale is the true story of a woman who looks back on her youth and a sexual relationship she had with a man who coerced her into loving him. Laura Dern stars as Jennifer, and Isabelle Nélisse plays her as her younger self. The cast also includes Jason Ritter, Ellen Burstyn, Common, Elizabeth Debicki, Laura Allen, and John Heard. This film is unlike anything before it, and is a very courageous, eye-opening look at sexual abuse. It's going to be one
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Trailer Watch: Laura Dern Revisits Her Past in Sexual Abuse Drama “The Tale”

The Tale

“The story you’re about to see is true — as far as I know,” says Laura Dern in a trailer for “The Tale.” Jennifer Fox’s film memoir centers on a filmmaker named Jennifer (Dern) who begins to come to terms with a relationship she had when she was 13 — or what she thought was a relationship.

Teenage Jenny (Isabelle Nélisse) becomes close with a married couple. Mrs. G (Elizabeth Debicki) teaches her equestrian and Bill (Jason Ritter) is her track coach. She’s happy with her arrangement with these “two very special people,” but the connection the trio share is obviously unhealthy. If everything was on the up and up, Mrs. G wouldn’t have to tell Jenny to keep it a secret.

Jennifer doesn’t pick up on anything sinister in her relationship with Mrs. G and Bill until her mother (Ellen Burstyn) finds a story she
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‘The Tale’ Trailer: Laura Dern Is Back in the Emmy Race With HBO’s Acclaimed Sundance Drama

‘The Tale’ Trailer: Laura Dern Is Back in the Emmy Race With HBO’s Acclaimed Sundance Drama
Laura Dern won her first Emmy last year after six nominations for her supporting turn in “Big Little Lies,” and she’s back in the television awards race this year in a big way thanks to “The Tale.” Jennifer Fox’s memory drama earned universal acclaim at Sundance earlier this year, becoming the most acclaimed title in Park City and selling to HBO Films in a surprise move.

The Tale” stars Dern as a version of Jennifer Fox. The character finds a short story she wrote for school at age 13, which forces her to re-examine her first sexual experience and confront life-altering questions about how she members her childhood. The supporting cast includes Isabelle Nélisse, Elizabeth Debicki, Jason Ritter, Frances Conroy, John Heard, Common and Ellen Burstyn.

In an A review out of Sundance, IndieWire’s David Ehrlich called the film “a landmark cine-memoir that’s as powerful and profoundly
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Sundance Film Festival London Programme Launched with Women in Film at the forefront

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This morning both the Sundance Institute and Picturehouse announced this year’s programme for Sundance Film Festival: London. Female stories and filmmakers shine brightly in this years line-up as seven out of the twelve films showcased at this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London were directed by women. Along with a thrilling array of female leads on screen, the selection champions female voices and highlights some of the broad and excellent women-led work direct from Sundance Utah.

The Festival, which will take place between the 31st May – 3 June at Picturehouse Central, will open with the UK premiere of Jennifer Fox’s The Tale, starring Laura Dern and Elizabeth Debicki. The festival also honours British talent once again, this time by premiering Idris Elba’s directorial debut, Yardie. Women in Film takes centre stage at this year’s event, as movements such as Time’s Up and #MeToo continue to highlight inequality in the film industry.
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HBO’s The Tale starring Laura Dern gets May premiere date and teaser trailer

Before she returns for the second season of Big Little Lies, Laura Dern is set to star in the TV drama mystery film The Tale for HBO. Set for a premiere date of Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10 Pm Est, the film is written and directed by documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox (Beirut) in her first narrative feature that is based on her own true story. HBO has also released a teaser trailer and a batch of photos from the film. Check them out below…

Dern appears as Jennifer’s onscreen proxy, described as a fearless, 50-ish documentary filmmaker who is interrupted while on location by agitated voicemail messages from her mother (Ellen Burstyn), who sounds really upset after discovering a decades-old story Jennifer wrote at age 13, detailing how her horseback riding instructor (Elizabeth Debicki) and running coach (Jason Ritter) allegedly conspired to deflower her. However, Jennifer’s memory of that “relationship” was apparently a “thing of beauty,
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