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Female Directed Animation Promises to Be Most Empowering Movie of 2017!

In the 1990s, Deborah Ellis travelled to Afghanistan to interview women and children living under the Taliban regime, during which time she learned about girls who disguised themselves as boys in order to be allowed out in public, as women are not permitted to leave the house without an escort. The girls would take this risk in order to provide for their families. These stories inspired her novel The Breadwinner, which has recently been made into a film by the studio responsible for the much-lauded Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea


“I’m not an organizer. I’m not a good fundraiser,” Ellis told CBS News, “but I thought if I could go over there, collect some of their stories and find out who they are — how they deal with all of this, what they were living through, how they were reacting to it — that that might be useful.” 


Ellis first published the non-fiction book Women of the Afghan War before writing her YA novel about a girl named Parvana (voiced in the film by Saara Chaudry) who dresses up as a boy in order to provide for her mother and sisters after her father is imprisoned by the Taliban. The Breadwinner was published in 2002, and since then has helped to raise close to $2 million for a charity aimed at supporting education for Afghani women and children called Parvana’s Fund



Angelina Jolie, Nora Twomey, and Saara Chaudry at the Toronto Film Festival | Image Via CBC


Now, Nora Twomey of Cartoon Saloon, who worked on both Secret of Kells and Song of the Sea, has made her solo directorial debut with an adaptation of The Breadwinner, produced by Angelina Jolie, and it has been garnering stellar reviews. Earlier this month, Variety said:


The Breadwinner is by no means a simple-minded kidpic; rather, it directly confronts the misogyny and chauvinism of contemporary Afghanistan, while powerfully suggesting that storytelling is both a means of coping and a solution for change… The Breadwinner proves nothing short of exceptional, celebrating as it does a young woman who faces adversity head-on — and who relies on her own creativity, both as a storyteller and in practical situations, to adapt to whatever obstacles she faces. 


The film is by all accounts a triumph, made by women for women in order to empower them while also shedding light on the plight of families living in war-torn countries. Watch the trailer below! 



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New Adaptation Promises to Turn Hollywood Ageism on Its Head

If you’re a film buff, you know the actress Annette Bening. When she was younger, she acted in several massive movies like American Beauty and The Grifters. Bening recently wrapped up filming for her newest movie, based on Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, a memoir written by actor Peter Turner, which focuses heavily on his relationship with fellow actress Gloria Grahame.


The film shares a name with the memoir, and stars Jamie Bell as Peter and Bening as Gloria. Bening revels in her role because Grahame was much older than Turner when the two started their romance. Bening, who was used to starring alongside older men such as Robert DeNiro and Harrison Ford, found starring alongside a younger man while portraying a romantic relationship with him was “refreshing,” she told the BBC.


Acting alongside Bening are other older actresses such as Dame Julie Walters, Frances Barber, and Vanessa Redgrave, only boosting Bening’s delight, both at being able to work with such big names in the film industry, and because one movie featured so many actresses over the age of 50, a rare occurrence in today’s films.


Bening and the film’s producer, Barbara Broccoli, have been playing with the idea of making this film for two decades. Bening loves the book, and enjoys the way the film mirrors the book’s composition, seamlessly shifting between the past and present.


Scene from Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

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Bening also hopes her role will inspire more stories like Grahame’s, whether they be real or fictional. Like Bening says, the world needs to hear “about people who are older and sophisticated – what the sex is about, what the reality is, especially for women getting older. Not just this cliche. The reality is a lot more subtle.”


But Bening isn’t just hoping for better storylines for women in front of the camera. She, like many women, know it’s a man’s world out there, and the women that do brilliant work in that world need to be applauded as well. “We had a woman cinematographer which was really cool, very infrequent. I don’t think it was always easy for her, although she was heroic and fantastic.”


Bening is excited for the future of the world however, truly believing things are changing. She’s confident that the lives of older women will be portrayed in future films. Whether it’s about violence they experienced or a non-conventional relationship, it seems Bening is right. Things are changing, and it might be a better time to be a woman in a man’s world as long as their stories are being told. 


Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool can be seen in theaters on November 16th in the UK and December 29th in the US.


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The Ten Page Child Orgy Was Cut From the ‘It’ Movie

So far It has been pulling fans in left and right. Deep-seated terror is what Stephen King wants us to face when we sit down and watch this movie.


Unfortunately, it’s hard to satisfy everyone when you’re adapting a novel from 1986. Thirty-one years ago can feel like a long time so, naturally, some things from the novel don’t make the movie cut. Hey… it happens.


However, there is one particular scene that was definitely not included in the It movie.


The Losers

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People have been up in arms about the child orgy scene from the novel that has been avoided in all TV and film adaptations. Within the novel there’s a point (approximately ten pages worth of a scene) in which Beverly, the only female member of the Losers, encourages all the boys to have sex with her (consensually) so they will be connected again in the future as the friends they are now.


The 2017 movie, instead, includes a chaste kiss near the end rather than anything sexual. However, readers and viewers looking back on the novel’s infamous orgy have labeled it as ‘disturbing’ and ‘sick’. So, we all had to know what the author was thinking writing a scene like that.


Stephen King

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Vulture discusses Stephen King’s statement on why the scene has created such an uproar. “I wasn’t really thinking of the sexual aspect of it… Intuitively the Losers knew they had to be together again. The sexual act connected childhood and adulthood,” King explains.


He then added: “It’s fascinating to me that there has been so much comment about that single sex scene and so little about the multiple child murders. That must mean something, but I’m not sure what.”


Thirty-one years definitely changed the world and what we think about certain social and moral aspects, but it seems that, once again, Stephen King is onto something with that last statement. 


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Can This Stephen King Adaptation Beat Box Office Records?

Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” series is beloved by readers around the world, and sits on top of many book lovers’ fantasy lists. Finally, Hollywood has heard the calls of fans, and has brought the book to life. Bad news is nobody likes it.


Idris Elba

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Manohla Dargis, of the New York Times, says:

Roland, by contrast, lives in Mid-World, an incoherent realm of foggy woods, digital boogeymen, cinematic allusions, slavering nods to Mr. King’s voluminous oeuvre and some geological formations that may cause you to uselessly flash on images from John Ford westerns.


And Richard Roeper, of The Chicago Sun Times, weighs in:

The cinematography has a washed-out, dull tone. The special effects are mediocre. With a few exceptions, the dialogue is stilted and filled with expository passages so obviously intended to explain things to us, I half-expected characters to turn to the camera and say, “Here’s what you need to know so you can understand what’s happening.”


Matt McConaughey and Idris Elba

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Adapting “The Dark Tower” series into a film has, itself, become something of an epic adventure. J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) initially attempted an adaptation, and gave up once he realized transitioning King’s sprawling series into a blockbuster movie was…hard.


Then Ron Howard (“Apollo 13,” “Rush”) wanted to make the series into a television/film crossover event. In order to capture the entirety of King’s imagination, something of that scale would probably be necessary. But then nothing happened.


Matthew McConaughey

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Then this adaptation came along, helmed by Danish filmmaker Nikolaj Arcel, and, at least, the cast looked good. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey starring, respectively, as the Gunslinger and the Man in Black. Perfect! Two cool, likable leads.


Then, just days before release, Variety reported that production was “plagued with problems and clashing visions.” After seeing a cut of Arcel’s, Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman allegedly spent hours in the editing bay making critiques. Ron Howard, a producer of the film, helped Arcel do the music, and Akiva Goldsman, co-writer and producer, was also brought in to put the thing together.


Judging by reviews, and box office forecasts (predictions put it at around $20 million on a $60 million budget) Stephen King’s beloved “Dark Tower” series has been adapted into a bomb. What might have been the next “Lord of the Rings,” or “Game of Thrones” is instead a massive disappointment. As usual, those who suffer most are the fans.




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“Goodbye Christopher Robin” Trailer Is Totally Not Making Us Cry

A new trailer for Simon Curtis’s “Goodbye Christopher Robin” has dropped. The movie will take a look at how A.A. Milne concocted “Winnie the Pooh,” and his relationship with his son, Christopher Robin Milne.


Check out the trailer here (via People):



Set right after World War I, the movie will dramatize the creation of one of the world’s most famous fictional bears. It looks like a heartfelt father-son drama, and will probably end up being a real tearjerker.


“Goodbye Christopher Robin” opens in theaters October 13.




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