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"I find Holden has a more earthy sex appeal in his early roles, you could kick your shoes off and put them on his lap and he wouldn't flinch." - Mark

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Emily Yoshida at Vulture gazes at Ingmar Bergman's Persona but she sees way beyond that, too, to the dream space shared by cinema's curious subgenre of female identity swapping

Two women talking: a recipe for witchcraft, an unnatural feedback loop, a cursed redundancy. Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 masterpiece Persona is a landmark for many reasons, but its legacy, which has show no signs of age in the 50 years since it was released in the U.S. and the U.K., is how it stared that anxiety in the face and opened up a loopy, meandering conversation that’s still going on to this day...

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Keyframe 'The Year of Nicole Kidman' don't force her to prove herself all over again
Variety Cannes lineup is "high on "awards intrigue, low on safe awards bets"
/Film Aquaman is overflowing with villains, 3 already for a first solo film? (not a good sign) and a fourth may have been added
Coming Soon Antonio Banderas will headline Lamborghini -The Legend (working title) a biopic about the Italian entrepeneur of automobile fame. Alec Baldwin will play his rival Enzo Ferrari 

Boy Culture "STREEPSHOW" a drag comedy about "characters one played by Meryl Streep" living together in the East Village will be playing NYC in June. Sounds hilarious but I have to admit that it took me quite some time to figure out the characters in the photo (and there seem to be two Miranda Priestleys?) which is maybe not a good sign. Shouldn't they be instantly recognizable?
Guardian Mixed messages from Cannes as TV premieres from auteurs are happening but they've also banned Netflix from future competition unless they stop skipping theatrical releases
Variety Gay gasp! The BBC is producing a series of 15 minute monologues called Queers which is set to star Ben Whishaw, Alan Cumming, and Russell Tovey and others
Awards Daily Gypsy teaser, a new series starring Naomi Watts
Variety Hugh Bonneville will play Roald Dahl in a biopic set in the early to mid 1960s. This means they're going to have to cast someone to play both Dahl's wife Patricia Neal and her most famous co-star Paul Newman (see Hud) and both of those roles will be a Herculean casting task! 
The Guardian there's a documentary playing Cannes about Cary Grant's experimentation with LSD from 1958 through 196
Tracking Board Kenneth Branagh to direct himself in a movie about the father of Anne Frank The Keeper of the Diary

Not Remakes Though You Might Mistake Them For Such
/Film Martin Scorsese starts filming mob drama The Irishman this summer with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci
Gothamist Leonardo DiCaprio will star in The Black Hand about an undercover mob cop...
(Ummm, haven't all these people already made these movies? Why not mix it up with a romantic comedy or a sci-fi picture?)

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Look it's the first clip from Todd Haynes's Wonderstruck. It may be impossible to follow Carol but we're glad that he got back on the horse so quickly after that long time away from us. How does this clip strike you?

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Reader Comments (6)

Patricia Neal went through some tough stuff in the 1960s too, so good luck to the actress taking that on.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterArlo

"Other episodes will star Rebecca Front, Gemma Whelan, Ian Gelder, Kadiff Kirwan and Fionn Whitehead."

Says it right there in the article you're linking to...

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMrW

Wonderstruck looks divine. Hears hoping Millie Simmonds delivers and could garner some Oscar attention. We need more representation of people with disabilities on film.

May 14, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

Todd Haynes sure seems to be on a roll. That clip from Wonderstruck is transcendent. The darkness of the color scene juxtaposed with the light and detail of the b&w is the kind of touch I love in his films. But it is so much more than just the look. The camera movement, the fleeting glimpses of the boys, the look of awe on the girl's face, the Burwell score... I wish I could see this movie at Cannes because winter is going to be a long wait.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMisterPleasant

Those Nicole Kidman pieces are a little dramatic. Who cares how Nicole Kidman is celebrated as long as she’s being celebrated? It’s like the Rupaulism: “I don’t care what you call me, just call me!” I’m too busy basking in this glorious Kidman year to worry about neophytes on the Internet who have, to their credit, come around to her gifts.

The beauty of movie stars is discovering and rediscovering them through the years. The sun can’t shine on every career at all times unless you’re Meryl Streep. And to the writer’s point about sexism, I don’t know a single male actor who’s enjoyed more enduring acclaim than she has.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHayden

I hope Gypsy is to Watts what Big Little Lies was to Kidman.

May 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

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