Joel Edgerton and Garrard Conley talk BOY ERASED – Nell Minow interviews

Joel Edgerton wrote, directed, and stars in Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s memoir/expose about his time in a brutally abusive Christian “gay conversion” program. When the film was screened at the Middleburg Film Festival, Edgerton and Conley spoke about what the theme and story mean to them.

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Peter Hedges Talks Julia Roberts, Drug Use and BEN IS BACK – Nell Minow interviews

Peter Hedges wrote and directed Ben is Back,”with his son Lucas Hedges in the title role of a recovering addict who unexpectedly comes home for Christmas. His mother, played by Julia Roberts, welcomes him with joy but immediately hides all of the medicine and jewelry in the house. The mingled emotions of love, apprehension, panic, and anger play out as Ben’s past comes back to haunt him and the whole family.

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Filmmaker Elizabeth Chomko on WHAT THEY HAD, Inspiration and Sundance Incubation – Nell Minow interviews

First-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko is an actress, so her sense of story, tone, and pacing are strong in What They Had, inspired by her family’s experiences when her grandmother developed dementia, Chomko talks about filming in Chicago,and how working with support programs for first-time filmmakers at Sundance helped shape her work without taking away from her own vision.

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Melissa McCarthy on Getting Serious in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? – Jessica Zack interviews

Creating a cache of brazen characters “from the outside in” has always come naturally to Melissa McCarthy because, she says, “I’m someone who just throws it all out there. This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, but I’m not guarded.” Given her natural inclination to be brash and lead with a smile, McCarthy said portraying her latest character, the infamously gruff biographer turned literary forger Lee Israel, in the new movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? required a totally different approach.

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Filmmaker Dianne Dreyer talks CHANGE IN THE AIR – Nell Minow interviews

Dianne Dreyer is a first-time director but an experienced filmmaker. Her new film is the delicate, touching Change in the Air, starring Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan. Dreyer has 56 IMDB previous credits as “miscellaneous crew,” and her jobs on movies have ranged from script supervisor to co-producer, In an interview, Dreyer speaks about what she learned on movie sets, about creating one of the most extraordinary images in any film this year, and why even in the digital age old-fashioned letters on paper still matter,

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Director Lisa D’Apolito Chats LOVE, GILDA — Nell Minow interviews

In her new documentary, Love Gilda, filmmaker Lisa Dapolito pays tribute to and chronicles the life and career of beloved comedian Gilda Radner, who died of cancer at age 44.. In this interview, Dapolito talks about getting to know Radner through her diaries and recordings, about Radner’s influence on some of today’s brightest talents and about creating a new generation of Radner fans.

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EYE ON MEDIA: Keeping Up With Hugh Grant — Profile by Martha Nochimson

On IMDb.com, a biographical note by Steve Shelokhonov, who has made his mark, such as it is, as the author of IMDb mini-biographies, describes Hugh Grant as an actor known for “playing characters projecting warmth and sincere happiness.” It’s not an important piece of scholarship, but it is widely read, due to its venue, and it is, unfortunately, typical of the kind of entertainment journalism that promotes reductive stereotypes of star reputations. It’s undated, but couldn’t have been written much after 2003, so it grows out of Grant’s early work. Even so, it is a distortion.

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SPOTLIGHT AUGUST 2018: Emily Mortimer, Actress, Producer, Screenwriter and Loyal Feminist Colleague

awfj spotlight black little Emily Mortimer stars in Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop, opening August 24. The indie drama is the latest triumph in Mortimer’s extraordinary career as a feminist actress-producer-screenwriter who hasn’t let the daunting challenges of dealing with the male-dominated movie business harden her heart.

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