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Soundtracking: Blue Valentine

by Chris Feil

“You and me, you and me. Nobody baby but you and me...”

Ryan Gosling’s Dean breaks a makeout session and produces the romantic gesture lost to our time: a playlist burnt to a cd. It’s the ultimate young love gesture and met in kind with wide-eyed affection by the young woman its meant for, Michelle Williams’ Cindy. He’s chosen a song for them, in the tradition of all romances, one that will belong just to them. Before the soulful murmur of “You and Me” by Penny and the Quarters, Dean acknowledges the cliche of it as quickly as he shrugs it off. They will be different from all those other couples going honoring the ritual, he promises her. They will be special.

Blue Valentine charts the degradation of such romantic fantasies, showing us how painfully average their broken love will become, with music the
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Vijay Deverakonda upset with 'Arjun Reddy' critics, calls Twitterati 'Twidiots'

Controversy Vijay is apparently soon going to "school" people on social media with film critic Baradwaj Rangan as his moderator.Priyanka RichiIt seems like the controversy around Vijay Deverakonda’s 2017 film Arjun Reddy is not going to die down anytime soon. Recently, actor Parvathy received praise on social media for pointing out the misogyny in Arjun Reddy in front of Vijay Deverakonda at a round table discussion hosted by Film Companion. The actor explained how the movie glorified toxic masculinity and compared it to Joker, stating that in her opinion, the latter was an example of a film that didn't glorify violence but showed the trajectory of a mentally disturbed character. The discussion soon led to explosions on social media with many applauding Parvathy for speaking her mind and once again pointing out the normalisation of abuse in relationships. Though Vijay Deverakonda tried defending the film at the round table,
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Academy Names 2020 Oscars Show Producers: Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain

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The Academy has named the producers of the 2020 Oscars show, airing Sunday, February 9, 2020. Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor (“A Star Is Born”) and Stephanie Allain (executive producer on Netflix series “Dear White People”) will lead the 92nd annual Academy Awards ABC telecast. This is their first involvement with the Oscars.

Producer Donna Gigliotti oversaw last year’s ceremony, but her new duties as an Academy governor made her ineligible to return this time around. The Academy has yet to announce a host, if there is to be one at all.

“The combined producing talents of Lynette and Stephanie will bring dynamism and excitement to the 92nd Oscars show,” said Academy president David Rubin in a statement. “Their vast production experience ranges from groundbreaking independent film to global blockbuster. We look forward to collaborating with them to bring an unforgettable Oscars event to movie fans around the world.”

“We have our
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Oscars: Lynette Howell Taylor, Stephanie Allain to Produce Academy Awards

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Oscar-nominated producer Lynette Howell Taylor and Stephanie Allain will produce the 92nd Oscars on Feb. 9.

Academy president David Rubin made the announcement Friday.

“The combined producing talents of Lynette and Stephanie will bring dynamism and excitement to the 92nd Oscars show,” said Rubin. “Their vast production experience ranges from groundbreaking independent film to global blockbuster. We look forward to collaborating with them to bring an unforgettable Oscars event to movie fans around the world.”

Howell Taylor was nominated this year for the best picture Oscar for “A Star Is Born.” She has produced more than 20 movies in the past 15 years, including “The Accountant,” “Captain Fantastic,” “Big Eyes,” “The Place Beyond the Pines,” “Blue Valentine” and “Half Nelson.”

Allain helped launch the careers of directors John Singleton, Robert Rodriguez, Craig Brewer, Sanaa Hamri and Justin Simien. Her feature producing credits include “Black Snake Moan,” “Dear White People” and “Hustle & Flow.
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Oscars: Lynette Howell Taylor & Stephanie Allain To Produce 92nd Academy Awards

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Oscars: Lynette Howell Taylor & Stephanie Allain To Produce 92nd Academy Awards
Oscar-nominated A Star Is Born producer Lynette Howell Taylor and Dear White People producer Stephanie Allain will produce the 92nd Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Friday. It will be the first involvement with the Oscars for both.

“The combined producing talents of Lynette and Stephanie will bring dynamism and excitement to the 92nd Oscars show,” Academy president David Rubin said. “Their vast production experience ranges from groundbreaking independent film to global blockbuster. We look forward to collaborating with them to bring an unforgettable Oscars event to movie fans around the world.”

Howell Taylor earned a Best Picture Oscar nomination for last year’s A Star Is Born. She has produced more than 20 movies in the past 15 years, including The Accountant, Captain Fantastic, Big Eyes, The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine and Half Nelson. Her TV credits include the HBO limited series I Know This Much Is True.
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Tiff Review: Riz Ahmed Struggles with Silence in the Intensely Emotional ‘Sound of Metal’

Sound of Metal opens with Riz Ahmed’s Ruben sitting at a drum kit while guitar distortions deafen us. Eventually, Olivia Cooke’s Lou starts screaming as his sticks connect for a steady beat until all hell breaks loose. We’re in this venue with them, the in-close camerawork proving Ahmed’s lessons paid off because he is in a groove and rocking out (not that he needed help on the second part considering his rap career as Riz Mc and one half of Swet Shop Boys). With line drawn tattoos covering his chest, bleach-blonde hair, and that screaming, you’re probably assuming the after show will consist of booze and drugs before the visuals cut to a new day of health shakes and eggs in an Rv. Appearances can be deceiving.

That’s when writer-director Darius Marder rips the rug from under his lead via an incessant ring. A
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‘Fosse/Verdon’ video interviews: Michelle Williams, Margaret Qualley and more exclusive chats [Watch]

FX’s “Fosse/Verdon” had Emmy voters tapping their toes to the tune of 17 nominations, including Best Limited Series. Gold Derby recently spoke with several of the show’s contenders, including Best Movie/Mini Actress nominee Michelle Williams, Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress competitor Margaret Qualley, director Jessica Yu, writer-producers Steven Levenson and Joel Fields, production designer Alex Digerlando, costume designer Melissa Toth, music supervisor Steven Gizicki and music director Alex Lacamoire, as well as star Susan Misner. Scroll down and click on any name below to be taken to their full interview.

A four-time Oscar nominee for her roles in “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine” (2010), “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and “Manchester by the Sea” (2016), Williams earned her first Emmy bid this year for playing dancer Gwen Verdon, the wife and muse of director Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell). Williams, who’s also a nominated producer on the series, declares “I had no
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Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Launches Large-Scale Production Venture in India

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Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Launches Large-Scale Production Venture in India
Top-level talent including Paul Feig, Gurinder Chadha and Anurag Kashyap are on board as leading Hollywood independent Hyde Park Entertainment makes a major launch into the Indian production scene. The company is headed by Ashok Amritraj, the highest-profile Indian executive based in Los Angeles.

The diversification move is made possible by the growing success of Indian film and TV content which is being propelled to new audiences overseas by global video streamers Netflix and Amazon. Within India, local streaming giants Hotstar, SonyLiv, and others, are similarly using Ott technology and cheap cellular data to reach nationwide audiences, many of which were not previously TV households.

To capitalize on Indian stories — and the exploding Indian series genre — the group is launching a new division Hyde Park Entertainment Asia to be headquartered in Chennai. Parent company Hyde Park will continue to produce and finance U.S. studio and independent films and television from Los Angeles,
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Paul Feig TV Comedy Among Initial Slate From Hyde Park's New Asian Division

Paul Feig TV Comedy Among Initial Slate From Hyde Park's New Asian Division
Ashok Amritraj's Hyde Park Entertainment Group, which has backed films such as Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Premonition, 99 Homes and Blue Valentine, has launched a new Asian division, with a Paul Feig TV comedy among the first projects.

Hyde Park Entertainment Asia will focus on producing high-profile film and TV projects from Indian and Asian filmmakers to put the spotlight on stories for a global audience. The division's first slate will have a focus on Indian stories for both English and local-language audiences. It includes Netflix's already-announced animated musical, Pashmina, which Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like Beckham, Blinded by the Light) ...
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Michelle Williams (‘Fosse/Verdon’) on her ‘relentless’ performance as Broadway star Gwen Verdon [Exclusive Video Interview]

Michelle Williams (‘Fosse/Verdon’) on her ‘relentless’ performance as Broadway star Gwen Verdon [Exclusive Video Interview]
“I had no idea how difficult it would be to do this show,” declares Michelle Williams about the FX limited series “Fosse/Verdon,” which has now brought her Emmy Awards nominations for acting and producing. In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), she adds, “You do so many scenes and can never give up. Every single moment of every single take and every single scene, you are just relentless and apply yourself over and over each time as if you’re just beginning.”

Williams hasn’t done much television work since her breakthrough role on “Dawson’s Creek,” which debuted over 20 years ago. Since then she has moved on to a highly successful film career with four Oscar nominations for “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine” (2010), “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and “Manchester by the Sea” (2016).

See Steven Levenson, Joel Fields Interview: ‘Fosse/Verdon’ producers

Her return to TV was as the
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Michelle Williams Eager for She-Venom to Have Equal Fighting Time in ‘Venom 2’

Michelle Williams Eager for She-Venom to Have Equal Fighting Time in ‘Venom 2’
After much speculation from “Venom” fans, Michelle Williams has confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment that she’ll be reprising her role of Anne Weying in the upcoming sequel. Sony Pictures announced this week that Andy Serkis, the motion capture pioneer behind Gollum in “The Lord of the Rings” and Caesar in “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and its sequels, would be directing “Venom 2.” Serkis replaces original “Venom” director Ruben Fleischer. Tom Hardy was always going to return in the title role, but supporting characters like Williams were less of a sure thing.

When asked by Yahoo about returning for “Venom 2,” Williams answered, “I’m in…I’m such a fan of Andy’s, and I’m so inspired by what he’s been able to accomplish. He’s so gifted in such a specific way, and I’m very excited to learn from him and be around him.
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Samuel Goldwyn Acquires Mekhi Phifer Thriller ‘Obsession’ For Fall Release

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Samuel Goldwyn Acquires Mekhi Phifer Thriller ‘Obsession’ For Fall Release
Samuel Goldwyn has acquired the Goran Dukic-directed thriller Obsession about an out-of-work mechanic played by Mekhi Phifer who, after saving an older man (Brad Dourif), begins to falls for his wife (Elika Portnoy). Dourif’s George has plans to build a racetrack, and his wife forms a plot to murder him and rob him of his riches, drawing Phifer’s Sonny into the mix. The pic is set for a theatrical and VOD release for Sept. 27. Deal was negotiated on behalf of Meg Longo at Samuel Goldwyn and ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers.

Pic was financed by Mutressa Movies, which was founded by Portnoy in 2008 with Alex Orlovsky recently joining the company to run the Los Angeles office. The duo’s shared credits include Beasts of No Nation, Love Is Strange, Blue Valentine and Place Beyond the Pines among others. Their next project Eliza Hittman’s Never
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Dani Shapiro Memoir ‘Inheritance’ to Get Movie Adaptation From Killer Films

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Dani Shapiro Memoir ‘Inheritance’ to Get Movie Adaptation From Killer Films
Dani Shapiro’s New York Times-bestselling memoir “Inheritance” is getting a movie adaptation at Killer Films with Cami Delavigne on board to write the script, Variety has learned exclusively.

The memoir, titled “Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love,” centers on Shapiro’s discovery, after taking a commercial DNA test on a whim, that the man she’d known her whole life as her father was not biologically related to her. Shapiro goes on to uncover the truth about her identity, which had been kept from her for more than 50 years.

“Inheritance” will be produced by Pamela Koffler and Killer Films. Shapiro will executive produce along with Beverly Rogers.

Killer Films’ producing credits include the Oscar-nominated films “Still Alice,” “Carol,” “Boys Don’t Cry” and “Far From Heaven.” TV credits include the HBO miniseries “Mildred Pierce,” featuring Kate Winslet and Guy Pearce, which won five Emmys.

Shapiro also wrote the memoirs “Hourglass,
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Tatiana Maslany Returning for 10 New Episodes of ‘Orphan Black,’ But There’s a Twist

Tatiana Maslany Returning for 10 New Episodes of ‘Orphan Black,’ But There’s a Twist
Orphan Black” signed off television in August 2017 after five seasons and 50 episodes, but its breakout star Tatiana Maslany has announced the story is set to continue in a new audiobook series that will span 10 episodes. The show’s production company, Temple Street Productions, has inked a deal with Serial Box for “Orphan Black: The Next Chapter,” which will find Maslany reprising her various clone characters for a new adventure set eight years after the television series finale.

Neither Serial Box or Temple Street Productions are giving away plot details about “Orphan Black: The Next Chapter,” although they did tease that the fan favorite relationship between Cosima (Maslany) and Delphine (Évelyne Brochu) “definitely plays a big part in the story.”

Temple Street Productions, the production company behind the sci-fi thriller, inked a deal with premium digital fiction startup Serial Box to create a brand-new installment, “Orphan Black: The Next Chapter” — continuing
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The Best New Shows of 2019, So Far

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The Best New Shows of 2019, So Far
With so many excellent series ending in 2019, it’s time to start looking toward new beginnings. “Broad City,” “You’re the Worst,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Easy,” and “Veep” have all ended already, but there are a slew of exciting series looking to fill the void in your viewing schedule.

Luckily, many of the best are advancing the medium, as well. Some toy with genre and format. Others push the boundaries of what kind of stories can be told and who gets to tell them.

But the best new TV shows of 2019 all get off on the right foot by refusing to repeat what came before. Now is a time to look forward, not back, so binge accordingly.

Below is IndieWire’s mid-year ranking of the best new shows so far. To winnow the field, only scripted offerings were considered, and the cut-off date to premiere was the same as the Emmy
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Michelle Williams on workplace culture after #MeToo

Actress Michelle Williams has noticed a difference in the workplace culture after the #MeToo movement, and says "you don't get a morning grope, you get a morning handshake".

"I feel like the dynamic on sets has changed. They don't hug you anymore. You don't get a morning grope, you get a morning handshake," hollywoodreporter.com quoted Williams as saying.

"I feel like more space has opened up in the room, in the actual creative process. The space has opened up for me to be able to be heard," she added.

Williams has four career Oscar nominations for her work in "Manchester by the Sea", "My Week With Marilyn", "Blue Valentine" and "Brokeback Mountain". She won the Golden Globe in 2012 for her role in "My Week With Marilyn".

After disgraced actor Kevin Spacey was replaced by Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World, it was revealed that actor Mark Wahlberg
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Why Michelle Williams Won't Watch Her Own Movies

Why Michelle Williams Won't Watch Her Own Movies
Like many actors, Michelle Williams refuses to watch herself act onscreen. The 38-year-old actress, who rose to fame with Dawson's Creek in the late '90s and was later nominated for Oscars for her performances in the films Brokeback MountainBlue Valentine, My Week with Marilyn, and Manchester by the Sea, explained her reasoning on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday. "I love what I do, and I love being inside of it," she began. "And the experience of watching it takes me to the outside of the thing that I did, and my relationship with that is not as healthy." "It makes me timid," she continued. "I'll judge myself and then...
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Mark Ruffalo’s HBO Limited Series ‘I Know This Much Is True’ Adds 6 to Cast

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HBO has added a slew of big-name actresses to the cast of its upcoming limited series “I Know This Much Is True.”

Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell, Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis and Kathryn Hahn have all joined the the six-episode series starring and executive produced by Mark Ruffalo.

An adaptation of the 1998 Wally Lamb novel of the same name, the long-gestating project is described as “an epic story of betrayal, sacrifice and forgiveness, set against the backdrop of 20th century America.” Ruffalo will star as twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, one of whom suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

Also Read: Mark Ruffalo to Play Twins in HBO Limited Series 'I Know This Much Is True'

Leo will star as Ma, a.k.a. Concettina Ipolita Tempesta Birdsey, mother of Dominick and Thomas. Hahn will play Dess Constantine, Dominick’s ex-wife, while Poots will play Joy Hanks,
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Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell Among Cast Added to Mark Ruffalo’s ‘I Know This Much Is True’

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Melissa Leo, Rosie O’Donnell Among Cast Added to Mark Ruffalo’s ‘I Know This Much Is True’
Melissa Leo and Rosie O’Donnell have joined the cast of the HBO limited series “I Know This Much Is True,” along with Archie Panjabi, Imogen Poots, Juliette Lewis, and Kathryn Hahn.

HBO has given a production commitment to the six-episode drama, which stars and is executive produced by Mark Ruffalo. The family drama follows the parallel lives of identical twin brothers in a story of betrayal, sacrifice, and forgiveness, taking place against the backdrop of 20th century America. It is based on the book of the same name by Wally Lamb, who is also serving as an executive producer on the project.

Ruffalo stars as twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey, with Leo playing Ma (Concettina Ipolita Tempesta Birdsey), Dominick and Thomas’ mother. O’Donnell stars as Lisa Sheffer, a social worker at the Hatch Forensic Institute, where Thomas is staying. Additionally, Panjabi portrays Dr. Patel, Thomas’ newly appointed psychologist; Poots is Joy Hanks,
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‘Dawson’s Creek’ reunion at the Emmys? Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson have shows in contention

We’ve come a long way since Capeside. The WB’s teen soap opera “Dawson’s Creek” never got the time of day from the Emmys, but it made stars of its actors, so much so that several of them have shows in contention 20 years later. Could Michelle Williams, James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson all get their first nominations this summer?

Williams is probably the most likely of the three to earn a bid, and she’s arguably the show’s most successful alum. After playing the troubled Jen Lindley on “Dawson’s Creek” she embarked on a movie career that has resulted in four Oscar nominations so far, for “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine” (2010), “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and “Manchester by the Sea” (2016). Now she’s a likely contender for Best Movie/Limited Actress for playing real-life dancer Gwen Verdon in FX’s miniseries “Fosse/Verdon.” According to the
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