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‘Little Women’ Trailer: Greta Gerwig’s Adaptation Of Louisa May Alcott’s Classic For A New Age
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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott‘s 1868 novel Little Women is a timeless coming-of-age novel that continues to remain relevant, even to this day. As such, the classic is the subject of another cinematic adaptation.

This time it comes from Oscar nominee Greta Gerwig, who brings the novel to life with Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Eliza Scanlen, and Florence Pugh as the March sisters, all of whom are “determined to live life on her own terms.” Check out the full trailer below.

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Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach To Write Screenplay For ‘Barbie’ Film Starring Margot Robbie
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It is almost funny to think that studios are releasing films based on toys and board games, but some properties are so popular that not adapting them into a film would be a huge missed opportunity. And things are about to get exciting for the Barbie film.

Yes, there will be a film based on the iconic doll, and it has Margot Robbie playing the central figure. Now the film has just snatched up two very credible writers. According to new reports Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach will be partnering up to write the script for the film. More on the report below.

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Greta Gerwig Sets Sights On ‘Little Women’; Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Saoirse Ronan, More In Talks
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Greta Gerwig Sets Sights On Little Women

It looks like Greta Gerwig has found her next directorial effort following her Academy Award-nominated Lady Bird. According to new reports, Gerwig is in talks to direct a retelling of the coming of age novel Little Women.

The film looks to also feature a star-studded ensemble cast, with Meryl Streep, Emma Stone, Florence Pugh, and her Lady Bird stars Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet all in talks for roles. More on the story below.

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Movie Review: Isle Of Dogs
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Isle Of Dogs Wes Anderson

Isle Of Dogs
Director: Wes Anderson
Screenwriter: Wes Anderson
Cast: Bryan Cranston, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, Kunichi Nomura, Ken Watanabe, Greta Gerwig, Frances McDormand, Courtney B. Vance, Fisher Stevens, Nijiro Murakami, Harvey Keitel, Koyu Rankin, Liev Schreiber, Bob Balaban, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, Akira Ito, Akira Takayama, F. Murray Abraham, Yojiro Noda, Mari Natsukim, Yoko Ono, Frank Wood
Distributor: Fox Searchlight
Rated PG-13 | 101 Minutes
Release Date: March 23, 2018 (Limited); April 6, 2018 (Wide)

There is plenty of visually pleasing aesthetics to look at when seeing a film like Wes Anderson‘s Isle Of Dogs. The director’s latest stop-motion animation effort has all of his signature symmetrical, camera-panning style and deadpan humor. It also happens to be one of Anderson’s most politically charged films by addressing some very serious themes that affect us today. Unfortunately, none of that takes away from the fact that there is some appropriation going on, with the added white savior factor, and that the Japanese characters are playing supporting roles in a film set entirely in Japan.

Therein lies one of the greatest problems of this film. How much of it is Anderson paying homage to a culture by using the beautiful aesthetics and Akira Kurosawa inspirations, and how much of it is his signature being written over a culture? It’s the paradox that just keeps on giving. Check out my full review here below.

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‘Isle Of Dogs’ Featurette: Cast Interviews As Their Canine Characters
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Isle of Dogs Featurette

Stop-motion animation is a very taxing medium, but the pay off can be glorious if it is well-executed. Wes Anderson, the filmmaker known for quirky out of the box filmmaking, returns to stop-motion with Isle of Dogs. In the film, dogs are supposedly carriers of a disease and are all banished to a garbage dump known as Trash Island.

Now we are getting a closer look at how this film came to be from those who voice the characters in a newly released cast interviews featurette. The only thing is the cast is not speaking through their respective human forms, but through their cuddly canine characters. Quite a fun way to push a movie and get everyone interested. Check it out below.

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2018 DGA Awards Nominees Include Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig, Guillermo del Toro, More
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Guillermo del Toro Directing The Shape of Water

Awards season is already in full swing with the HFPA having awarded the Golden Globes this past weekend, and the LAOFCS announcing their winners last month. Often times, they are an indicator of who will end up being nominated or winning an Academy Award. However, actors, writers, producers, and directors in respective guilds and societies have their own awards that recognize its members. We’ve already seen nominations from SAG, WGA, and PGA, and now the Directors Guild of America have released their own nominees for film and TV.

Among those honored are Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water, Greta Gerwig for Lady Bird, Jordan Peele for Get Out, and Aaron Sorkin for Molly’s Game. There’s also Christopher Nolan for Dunkirk and Martin McDonagh for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Check out the full list below.

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‘Isle Of Dogs’ Trailer: Wes Anderson Drums Up Stop-Motion Animation Excitement
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Wes Anderson films are anything but conventional. He has a visual sense composed of flat cameras, snappy zooms, symmetrical compositions, hand-made art, and miniature feels, that give the film’s setting a sense of uniqueness. On top of that, he has a quirky and yet hypnotic soundtrack that often utilizes pop songs of the ’60s and ’70s. Then there is the dysfunctional family that takes center stage of the storytelling. And while all of that plays a huge role in his live-action films, Anderson has also dipped his hand into stop-motion animation. An animation medium where his skills can be put to good uses because of its use of practical hand made set pieces.

Which takes us to Isle of Dogs, Anderson’s latest directorial effort that uses stop-motion animation. And just wait until you hear who has lent their talents for the film. Check out the cast and trailer below.

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Cast Announcement Video
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Just a few weeks ago we saw Wes Anderson‘s holiday short/ad for H&M. So while it may have looked like Anderson took a long vacation, but the filmmaker has been hard at work. And he isn’t just releasing shorts.

We’ve known that he’s been putting together his next film, a stop-motion animated feature all about dogs on an island. Now we know who will star in the film as the director has announced the full cast and shooting location for Isle of Dogs. Check out the video announcement below.

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Movie Review: Jackie
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Jackie starring Natalie Portman

Jackie
Director: Pablo Larraín
Screenwriter: Noah Oppenheim
Cast: Natalie Portman, Greta Gerwig, Peter Sarsgaard, Max Casella, Beth Grant, Billy Crudup, Richard E. Grant, John Hurt
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Rated R | 99 minutes
Release Date: December 2, 2016

Contemporary biopics no longer adhere to the traditional means of telling the entire life story of a subject. Nowadays, audiences are only given a small fraction of it. But it is in that stage of life that truly defines the subject. In Jackie, we see Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy at her most vulnerable point in life, where she has to deal with the grief of losing her husband, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The traumatic event would be enough to shatter anyone, but it is what she does in the aftermath that will truly cement her name among the greatest of First Ladies. With a strong script from Noah Oppenheim and director Pablo Larrin giving an outsider’s perspective on the matter, Jackie is hauntingly poetic view of an untold story. My full review below.

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Indie Movie Spotlight: Frances Ha / What Maisie Knew
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Frances Ha Film

Frances Ha

Frances (Greta Gerwig) is a quirky 27-year-old hipster who lives with her best friend Sophie (Mickey Sumner) in Brooklyn. Without warning, Sophie moves into her dream apartment in Tribeca with another girlfriend and Frances suddenly finds herself out on the street. Now she has to find a new place to live and re-examine her place in the world, since few of her lofty ambitions are likely to come to fruition.

Filmed in black-and-white, Frances Ha is directed by Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and the Whale) and written by Baumbach and Gerwig. The film plays out like a Woody Allen-inspired episode of HBO’s Girls, without the awkward nudity but plenty of hipster cliches. Previously, Gerwig starred in Baumbach’s 2010 film Greenberg, and you may recognize her from films like Hannah Takes the Stairs, House of the Devil, Arthur, and No Strings Attached.

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