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Actress Anne Heche was declared legally dead at 53 this week after suffering severe burns following a collision in Los Angeles. Among her recent roles was “Catfight,” in which she starred alongside Sandra Oh as two women in a series of physical altercations over the course of many years. The film’s director, Onur Tukel, sent this reminiscence to IndieWire. If anyone deserves to write a tribute to Anne Heche, it certainly isn’t me. I don’t have the depth or talent to capture her essence. If Shakespeare were alive, maybe he could do it. Her life was certainly Shakespearean. I could recount the tragedies and dramas that have plagued her life but you can learn that on your own. She wrote a memoir about it. And certainly, you’ve heard the...
Robert and Michelle King’s supernatural procedural series “Evil” has long been one of the most terrifying shows on television and streaming (it premiered on CBS before migrating to its current home on Paramount+), as well as one of the most profoundly philosophical. The two aspects are inextricably linked, as the questions the series asks about faith, reason and whether evil comes from outside of us or within are explored via stories showcasing monsters both paranormal and human. Finding a visual corollary for the show’s ongoing tension between the pragmatic and the spiritual while sustaining its eerie, dread-inducing atmosphere is the job of cinematographers Fred Murphy and Petr Hlinomaz, whose bold approach to lenses and composition...
Who would’ve thought the Oscars to be the venue for a possible “Bad Blood” reunion? Former collaborators Taylor Swift and Kendrick Lamar, who are each musicians with Grammy wins in the double digits, are now both officially eligible for the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short. On Swift’s end, she has already hired a consulting firm to guide an awards campaign for “All Too Well: The Short Film,” the project she wrote and directed, which stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, and is soundtracked to her No. 1 hit “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version).” The pop icon and budding filmmaker, who will soon be seen in the upcoming David O. Russell movie “Amsterdam,” screened her short for one week in November of last year at the AMC Lincoln...
Ben Stiller is making his family dodge, duck, dip, dive, and dodge any spoilers about “Severance” Season 2. The director and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated AppleTV+ series revealed to People magazine that he asks kids Ella, 20, and Quinlin, 17, to be a “focus group” for “Severance” plotlines…but his family would much rather Stiller undergo a Lumon severed procedure to keep his work and home life separate and avoid any Season 2 spoilers. “My kids were sort of the first test screening for me in terms of when I was editing episodes,” Stiller shared. “I would show them and they started to get into it. I showed them at different times, but it was fun to have them as kind of a focus group to see what they reacted to.” Yet as...
Kate Bosworth didn’t let early 2000s Hollywood crush her ahead of her big break in “Blue Crush.” The actress reflected on her breakout role and easily what could have been a bikini-clad “Girls Gone Wild” parody of a sports surfing film. “I was reading a lot of scripts in 2001, and the parts for women were certainly not multidimensional,” Bosworth told Vulture. “The ones that were exhibiting a lot of depth were quite competitive, and I was a ‘no one’ at the time. Being a young blonde girl, there were a lot of roles that were stereotypical bitchy, dumb, or vapid. Not getting roles wasn’t frustrating because that’s the name of the game, but the stereotypes felt disappointing.” She added, “If you remember the early 2000s, they could be...
On Friday, August 5, actress Anne Heche crashed her Mini Cooper into a private residence in Los Angeles’ Mar Vista neighborhood. The vehicle erupted in flames and destroyed the occupant’s rented home and a lifetime’s worth of possessions. Extricated from the wreck, Heche was taken to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital, where she was initially stated to have suffered severe burns and was intubated but was thought to be in stable condition. The days ahead featured rampant speculation about the events leading up to the crash and what its fallout would be: Was Heche drunk or on narcotics? (A blood test taken post-accident indicated the presence of cocaine.) Would she face felony DUI? (The LAPD was indeed investigating this...
Call it the Covid Exception. Back in the virtual Sundance Film Festival of 2022, the world was in the middle of an Omicron surge when Oscar perennial Searchlight and its streaming partner Hulu acquired Sophie Hyde’s “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.” The film scored raves for Best Actress Oscar-winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End”), who plays a widow who hires a sex worker (Daryl McCormack of “Peaky Blinders”) to teach her about sexual pleasure. Intended for smart adults, this movie fits the Searchlight Oscar movie box. When queried ahead of release, the distributor suggested to IndieWire that the film would likely chase Emmys. Behind the scenes — and well ahead of its planned June 17 release on Hulu — Searchlight appealed to the...
James Ponsoldt is expecting this question. Why did the guy who made films like “Smashed,” “The Spectacular Now,” and “The End of the Tour” — dark, knowing dramas about messed-up adults, typically with substance abuse problems and a host of neuroses — turn his attention to “Summering,” a film about four tween girls in the waning days of their favorite season? He’s got the answer in hand: He’s a parent of three kids, his wife Megan works in the public-school system, and this is the stuff he wants to share with his family. But the real answer? It’s still a James Ponsoldt film. It’s not as dark as its predecessors, but the filmmaker is still using his craft to ask some very deep questions. “Summering” is, after all, about a group of girls...
Brett Goldstein had only two weeks to transform into a Greek god. The “Ted Lasso” star was about “two-thirds” of the way through filming Season 3 of the Emmy-winning AppleTV+ comedy while also juggling co-creating and executive producing upcoming Harrison Ford-led series “Shrinking.” Yet Goldstein somehow made time to make his MCU debut. “It was literally out of the blue one night, and I was very busy, and it was like, ‘Can you make time for a Zoom?'” Goldstein recalled to The Playlist about the “surreal” experience. “They sort of opened with, ‘So Russell Crowe is Zeus,’ and I’m like, ‘Yeah, OK, go on.’ And blah, blah, blah. And then they turn around, and they reveal, ‘It’s Hercules; it’s you.’ And I went, ‘What?’ Just like, ‘Are you...
Six years since the premiere of “The Magnificent Seven” and lead star Ethan Hawke is still pushing for the five-hour cut to be released. The #ReleasetheFuquaCut campaign can only get so far, though, as Hawke revealed he’s been begging director Antoine Fuqua for over half a decade. “In some ways, I see all his films [as] a collective scream against authority,” Hawke told The Hollywood Reporter of his collaborations with Fuqua. “[It’s] 107 [degrees] in Louisiana and there were more studio execs than our 100-person cast. He just put his head down and made his movie. I still beg him to release the five-hour cut of that film.” The 2016 film was a remake of the John Sturges classic inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai.” Fuqua’s...
Steve Martin is still writing his “L.A. Story,” just not for the screen. The iconic comedian has been in Hollywood for over 60 years, but Martin said that after his beloved Hulu whodunnit series “Only Murders in the Building” ends, he’s ready to step away from the screen. “When this television show is done, I’m not going to seek others,” Martin told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’m not going to seek other movies. I don’t want to do cameos. This is, weirdly, it.” However, Martin assured he will still be in the public eye. “My wife keeps saying, ‘You always say you’re going to retire and then you always come up with something,'” Martin, who is making a documentary about his life story with Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (“20 Feet...
It was a game of musical chairs when it came to “Game of Thrones” following the original novels. Author George R.R. Martin said he was “out of the loop” during the final seasons of the hit HBO series with showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Martin previously had consulted on scripts and casting for the first four seasons of the series. “By Season 5 and 6, and certainly 7 and 8, I was pretty much out of the loop,” Martin revealed to The New York Times. When asked why, Martin added, “I don’t know — you have to ask Dan and David.” As “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon” launches on HBO, adapted from Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the novelist assured fans that his own forthcoming final books in the series (“The Winds...
Angus Cloud is riding high when it comes to the viral success of “Euphoria.” The hit series has shattered records on Twitter and made HBO viewership history — and that’s just after two seasons. Yet Cloud assures that creator Sam Levinson won’t let the show flame out much like other beloved series. “I’m just excited to see what Sam comes up with,” Cloud told Variety about the show’s future. “He not going to drag it on like ‘Lost.'” (That ABC show went on for 121 episodes across six seasons, arriving at a conclusion that infamously left many fans feeling sour.) While Cloud and his fellow castmates Zendaya, Sydney Sweeney, Jacob Elordi, and Hunter Schafer have yet to see a script or production timeline for Season 3, it’s clear that HBO...
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