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‘The Glorias: A Life On The Road’: Lulu Wilson To Play Young Gloria Steinem

‘The Glorias: A Life On The Road’: Lulu Wilson To Play Young Gloria Steinem
Exclusive: Lulu Wilson, who was recently seen in Netflix’s "The Haunting of Hill House" and HBO’s "Sharp Objects," has been tapped to play a young Gloria Steinem in the Julie Taymor-directed biopic, The Glorias: A Life On The Road. Based on Steinem’s memoir of the same title, the pic has Julianne Moore playing Steinem as well as Alicia Vikander is in negotiations to play the feminist and social-political activist from age 20-40.

The pic, which was presented to buyers at the recent AFM conference, will follow Steinem’s journey to become a crusader for equal rights and her groundbreaking work as a journalist and campaigner.

Bette Midler is also in talks to join the film in a supporting role.

Page Fifty-Four PicturesAlex Saks is producing with Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Steinem and Amy Richards are exec producers as filming is slated to begin next year in Savannah.
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Paramount Players Acquires ‘Unboxing’ From ‘Ice Age’ Scribe Jim Hecht

Paramount Players Acquires ‘Unboxing’ From ‘Ice Age’ Scribe Jim Hecht
Exclusive: Paramount Players has acquired Unboxing, a script from Ice Age: The Meltdown writer Jim Hecht that indie studio Pocket.watch has been set to produce as a feature film. Albie Hecht, the former Nickelodeon and Hln boss and now Pocket.watch’s chief creative officer, is the producer.

The plot centers on a mischievous 11-year-old YouTube star who unboxes her father’s secret safe as a stunt for her channel and unleashes the treacherous Puck and his band of evil tricksters on a small town.

Jim Hecht, who is also Albie Hecht’s nephew, reunites with Paramount after he recently re-wrote for the studio one of John Hughes’ final scripts, The Gribsbys Go Broke. He also is penning the movie Out of Stock for Netflix, and adapting for Warner Bros TV The Big Cigar, from a Playboy article about Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton.

Pocket.watch CEO Chris M. Williams is executive producing Unboxed.
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‘The Mandalorian’: Pedro Pascal to Play Lead in New ‘Star Wars’ TV Series

‘The Mandalorian’: Pedro Pascal to Play Lead in New ‘Star Wars’ TV Series
The biggest “Star Wars” story in the TV universe might have found its face.

Variety is reporting that “Game of Thrones” and “Narcos” alum Pedro Pascal will be the lead of the upcoming “The Mandalorian” series, which will follow the exploits of a bounty hunter (not named Boba or Jango).

Details surrounding Pascal’s character are not yet known, but series shepherd Jon Favreau has indicated that the show will take place in between the “Star Wars” installments “Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.”

Perhaps one of the first lessons Pascal’s character will learn is “Never celebrate a victory until you’ve confirmed that your opponent no longer has the capacity to lunge at you and turn your skull into a cantaloupe.”

The Mandalorian” is expected to be the marquee programming jewel in the library of the upcoming Disney+ streaming service, the company’s long-gestating answer to
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Pedro Pascal To Star In Upcoming ‘Star Wars’ Live-Action Series ‘The Mandalorian’

It appears we now know who’s going to be under the mask in the “Star Wars” live-action series “The Mandalorian.”

Variety is reporting that “Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal is in negotiations to star in the upcoming Disney+ streaming series. It’s assumed that Pascal will play the “lone gunfighter” character that was teased in the released synopsis.

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Alicia Vikander & Bette Midler To Join Julianne Moore In Gloria Steinem Biopic Directed By Julie Taymor

A year ago, we learned that actress Julianne Moore had signed on to play the famous feminist and writer Gloria Steinem in a biopic directed by Julie Taymor. At the time, we didn’t know much about the production, but now, Deadline is reporting that more actresses have signed up to star in the film, which will chronicle the entire life of Steinem, and how her family’s nomadic ways influenced her life as an activist.

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‘Amazing Grace’ Review: The Long-Lost Aretha Franklin Documentary Delivers

‘Amazing Grace’ Review: The  Long-Lost Aretha Franklin Documentary Delivers
Aretha Franklin hardly says a word in “Amazing Grace,” but she sings with an energy and conviction that has powerful resonance nearly 50 years late. As a record of the church music from Franklin’s youth, cascading off the walls of the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, “Amazing Grace” is soulful ear candy. But Franklin’s sweaty, impassioned delivery, which galvanizes her audiences with an electric charge, extends her awe-inspiring musical convictions beyond religious euphoria. It’s a rousing portrait of creativity as a unifying force.

Left unfinished for decades, the lively concert documentary on Franklin’s landmark 1972 gospel recording provides the full picture of her largest commercial hit in real time. The project was left unfinished for decades; in recent years, it was completed and restored, but Franklin’s estate blocked multiple attempts to screen it on the festival circuit. It’s ironic that Franklin had to
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Penske Media Acquires Leading Art Publications ARTnews & Art in America

Penske Media Corporation (Pmc) today announced its acquisition of ARTnews and Art in America as part of the overall acquisition of Art Media Holdings, LLC, the largest independent art publishing group that also includes The Magazine Antiques and Modern Magazine.

ARTnews, founded in 1902 and winner of over 40 major journalism awards, is the most highly circulated contemporary art magazine in the world. ARTnews is a daily resource for leaders of the international art world, with digitally led news coverage from its global correspondents, investigative reports, reviews of exhibitions, and profiles of artists and collectors. Art in America, since its founding in 1913 has been the compelling voice of criticism and dialogue in the art community, indispensable for artists, curators, and collectors in the Us and around the world seeking informed analysis of the world’s most important art movements.

In the art world, where a significantly fragmented audience spans many websites and publishers,
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From ‘Sabrina’ to ‘Steven Universe,’ Family-Friendly TV Has Grown a Social Conscience

From ‘Sabrina’ to ‘Steven Universe,’ Family-Friendly TV Has Grown a Social Conscience
When did family-friendly TV grow a social conscience? Whether it’s the more youth-skewing “Steven Universe” and “Andi Mack,” or edgier teen offerings like “Big Mouth” and “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” shows aimed at adolescents are taking up the mantle to account for social wrongs ranging from sexism and racism to body-shaming and school safety.

Television has a long, if spotty, history of addressing social issues on primetime; Norman Lear was a master of this on “Good Times,” “All in the Family,” and “Maude.” However, this wasn’t the stuff of TV for kids unless they were watching Very Special Episodes, ABC Afterschool Specials, or PBS programs like “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” or “Sesame Street.”

Today, it’s become the norm for mainstream children’s programming to tackle representation, body positivity, and gun violence — touchy topics that once would never have made it out of development. “One Day at a Time
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‘The Bisexual’: Desiree Akhavan’s Masterful New Series Is As Harrowing As It Is Hilarious [Review]

When Desiree Akhavan was doing press for her first film, 2014 Sundance debut “Appropriate Behavior,” people kept citing her sexuality. She was “the bisexual director,” noted for writing and acting in her own frank, semi-autobiographic feature about an Iranian-American in the throes of hapless young adult romance with both men and women. But while Akhavan was unapologetic in her bisexuality on-screen, she found herself inwardly cringing all through Sundance.

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Sffilm Awards Night Led by Amy Adams, Steve McQueen, and Boots Riley

This year, the San Francisco Film Society’s (Sffilm) annual awards night will unfold December 3 at San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Center with honorees including Oscar hopefuls Amy Adams (Annapurna’s “Vice”), Steve McQueen (Fox’s “Widows”) and Bay area rising star Boots Riley (Annapurna’s “Sorry to Bother You”). The annual celebration honors achievement in filmmaking craft – it’s also a fundraiser that benefits Sffilm’s youth education programs.

Amy Adams will be on hand to accept the Peter J. Owens Award for Acting; Steve McQueen will receive the Irving M. Levin Award for Film Direction; and emerging breakthrough talent Boots Riley will take home the Kanbar Award for Storytelling.

“These artists were selected because their work embodies the values of the Bay Area,” stated Sffilm Executive Director Noah Cowan, “in particular their role in championing innovative cinema, making the industry more diverse and inclusive, and
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‘Series Of Unfortunate Events’ Final Season Teaser: Popular Netflix Series Ends Its Run On New Year’s Day

Back in 2004, Paramount attempted to start a new children’s film franchise with “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The film, which starred Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf, had a massive budget and failed to score big at the worldwide box office. Thus, the franchise was dead. Then back in 2017, Netflix revived the franchise for a brand-new series on its streaming service, and apparently, it’s been thriving.

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‘Haunting of Hill House’ Ending: That ‘Inception’-Style Easter Egg You Probably Missed Spells Doom

‘Haunting of Hill House’ Ending: That ‘Inception’-Style Easter Egg You Probably Missed Spells Doom
[Editors’ note: The following post contains spoilers for “The Haunting of Hill House” finale.]

Netflix’s addictive horror series “The Haunting of Hill House” comes to a relatively happy ending given all the terror that occurs to the Crain family throughout the 10-episode season. The finale ends with patriarch Hugh (Timothy Hutton) sacrificing himself so that his adult children — Steve (Michiel Huisman), Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), Theo (Kate Siegel) and Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) — can escape the eponymous house’s evil red room.

Throughout the series, the red room feeds on the Crain family’s individual fears and desires in order to permanently trap each family member inside the house. The show ends by making it appear the Crain siblings have escaped the house and can now put their horrific experience behind them, but what if that’s not the case at all? The Wrap recently spoke with cast member Oliver Jackson-Cohen about the show’s ending, and he revealed
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‘The Mercy’ Trailer: Colin Firth & Rachel Weisz Star In New Sailing Drama From Director James Marsh

If you thought there couldn’t possibly be another way to put Colin Firth on a boat, you’d be wrong. While this time he isn’t hiding on one to avoid Meryl Streep or rowing while listening to poetry being read, Firth is back, not only on a boat but building a boat in hopes of sailing it around the world in the new film “The Mercy.”

Following his Academy Award-nominated film “The Theory of Everything,” James Marsh is back, this time directing the incredible true story of Donald Crowhurst (Firth).

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Bill Murray, Adrien Brody & More Usual Suspects Rumored For Wes Anderson’s French Musical

Fresh off the heels of “Isle of Dogs,” filmmaker Wes Anderson is ready to go back to the world of live-action for his next film, a musical set in post-World War II France. And as you might expect, the names being thrown around for the cast of his next film are pretty incredible, albeit a little obvious.

According to the French outlet Agri79, we now know some of the names being mentioned as joining the musical.

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‘Escape at Dannemora’ Review: Ben Stiller’s Riveting Prison Drama, With a Stunning Performance by Patricia Arquette

‘Escape at Dannemora’ Review: Ben Stiller’s Riveting Prison Drama, With a Stunning Performance by Patricia Arquette
Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette were co-stars in David O. Russell’s 1996 “Flirting With Disaster.” At the time, Stiller’s directing career limited to “The Ben Stiller Show” and “Reality Bites;” his now-cult favorite “The Cable Guy” was about to flop. Arquette was a burgeoning star and indie film darling thanks to her work in “True Romance” and “Ed Wood,” but she had yet to snag her Oscar, let alone the preceding Golden Globe and Emmy nominations.

Now the two are reinventing themselves, again. Each transform for the viewer in real time — figuratively for Stiller, quite literally with Arquette — in “Escape at Dannemora,” Showtime’s seven-part limited series about two inmates breaking out of the Clinton Correctional facility in 2015 and the woman who helped them do it. It’s Stiller’s first real drama as a director, and he’s created a thriller with the cold, blue look and feel
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Introducing the New IndieWire Homepage: More Awards, Festival Coverage, and Breaking News

Welcome to the new IndieWire homepage. The last time we did this was back in June 2016, shortly after IndieWire joined Pmc. And while we think the latest nip-and-tuck is very good looking, it also reflects improvements we’ve made to IndieWire over the last 18 months.

Here’s a look at the highlights:

More Awards Coverage. From Oscars to Emmys and all points in between, IndieWire has year-round coverage of all the awards circuits. Our new homepage modules provide multiple opportunities to surface the articles, photos, and video that create our world-class coverage.

More Festival Impact. From Sundance through Toronto, our coverage of the major festivals increases every year, and our new site lets you find all the latest news about the films that matter.

More Breaking News. Our team provides year-round coverage of the latest news in TV and film, seven days a week.

Cleaner layout, better design, and look at all that white space!
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‘On The Basis Of Sex’ Trailer: Director Mimi Leder & Felicity Jones Bring Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life To The Big Screen

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is perhaps more popular today than at any other point in her long, illustrious career. The Supreme Court justice has become a folk hero (some might say superhero) in the fight for equal rights and it would seem that now is the perfect time for a proper biopic to be released such as “On the Basis of Sex.”

Read More: 56 Must-See Films: The 2018 Fall Movie Preview

And right from the very beginning of the new trailer, you can see exactly what “On the Basis of Sex” is attempting to do.

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‘Travelers’ Season 3 Premiere and First Look: Hit Time Travel Series Returns Just in Time for Christmas

Hello, fellow Traveler. Welcome back to the 21st. (“Century” that is.)

Netflix’s sci-fi series returns for its third season on Dec. 14, hitting just in time for Christmas bingeing. In the Canadian series, operatives called Travelers from the future have been sent back to the 21st century in order to carry out various missions set out by the Director in order to hopefully prevent the future calamities that are endangering the human race. The operative takes over the contemporary host body just seconds before that person is supposed to die and then takes over their life as a cover.

When last we left the operative Grant McLaren (Eric McCormack) and his team – Marcy (MacKenzie Porter), Carly (Nesta Cooper), Trevor (Jared Abrahamsson), and Philip Pearson (Reilly Dolman) – they’d been outmaneuvered to reveal their true identities by the very first operative ever, Traveler 001. He previously had taken the body of host
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Ennio Morricone’s Quotes Calling Quentin Tarantino Movies ‘Trash’ Were ‘Reproduced Incorrectly,’ German Playboy Admits

German Playboy is coming clean regarding its Ennio Morricone interview that went viral for featuring quotes in which the Oscar-winning composer bashed Quentin Tarantino. The publication admits some of the quotes from the interview were “reproduced incorrectly” by the author, music journalist Marcel Anders.

“Up to now, we have considered the freelancer who conducted the Ennio Morricone interview on our behalf to be a renowned print and radio journalist,” German Playboy editor-in-chief Florian Boitin said in a statement (via Variety). “In the past, we have had no reason to doubt his journalistic integrity and skills. Based on the information now at our disposal, we must unfortunately assume that the words spoken in the interview have, in part, been reproduced incorrectly.

“We would like to express our regret should Mr. Morricone have been portrayed in a false light,” the statement concluded. “We are working to clarify this matter and are exploring legal measures.
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Oscar-Winning Documentary Backer Now Taking Pitches to Develop and Fund New Non-Fiction Work

Oscar-Winning Documentary Backer Now Taking Pitches to Develop and Fund New Non-Fiction Work
Impact Partners, the Brooklyn-based documentary funders behind last year’s Academy Award winner “Icarus,” has launched a seven-figure development fund to support documentary features and series. It will support the development of four to eight nonfiction projects a year, with a range of $10,000-$100,000 per project.

“We review 800-plus projects a year, and we see so many incredible ideas from filmmakers who have unique access or a fantastic vision for a film,” said Jenny Raskin, executive VP for development and filmmaker relations. “But they often need further development. We are thrilled that we now have a mechanism to give filmmakers the time and resources they need to reach the next stage.”

Prior Impact titles include “Dina,” “The Eagle Huntress,” “The Cove,” “How To Survive a Plague,” and this year’s breakout hit and Oscar hopeful “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” Beyond supplying early financial support to promising projects, Impact
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