Natalie Portman: "Dior Forever"

Sneak Peek new footage, plus images of actress Natalie Portman ("Vox Lux") supporting the "Dior Forever Foundation" campaign, photographed by David Sims:

"Why is makeup universal?," asks Portman. "Because it responds to our desire to want to be better. It’s also a way to express your personality while giving free rein to your imagination."

"The first time I probably wore makeup was when I was (playing 'Mathilda') in 'Léon: The Professional '.

"The makeup artist used all natural things — like beet juice mixed with rosewater for my lips and cheeks, because she didn’t want to put makeup on a kid. Using lipstick as a blush – it’s a great trick when you want a different color and fresh shine on your cheeks.

"In 'Star Wars', when they made the 'Kabuki' lip on me, I understood the aesthetic they were going for with the entire character from that lip.
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‘This Changes Everything’ Docu About Hollywood Discrimination Acquired By Good Deed

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‘This Changes Everything’ Docu About Hollywood Discrimination Acquired By Good Deed
Exclusive: Good Deed Entertainment has picked up the North American distribution rights to Tom Donahue’s feature documentary This Changes Everything which spotlights decades of discrimination against women in Hollywood, behind and in front of the camera.

The doc features first-hand accounts by several of Hollywood’s leading voices, including Meryl Steep, Shonda Rhimes, Sandra Oh, Reese Witherspoon, Taraji P. Henson, Natalie Portman, Amandla Stenberg, Matt McGorry and FX Network CEO John Landgraf, who was responsible for transforming FX from the network with the worst record on diversity to the best in less than a year. This Changes Everything premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and will receive an early summer release in theaters and on demand.

Speaking on the impetus behind the film, Oscar winning actor and This Changes Everything Executive Producer Geena Davis explains, “For years women in our industry have hoped that with every successful female-driven film,
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The Worst Performances by Great Actors — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What is the worst performance by a great actor you usually love?

Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film), The Wrap, Remezcla, MovieMaker Magazine

Collectively, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna have been enlisted to enhance films by Almodovar, Spielberg, Larraín, Korine, and, of course, Alfonso Cuarón; in addition to many more efforts by the world’s leading directors. Both have also tried their hand at directing, with Luna having a more notable run behind the camera, and more recently basked in the attention of worldwide mainstream success in the form of “Coco” and “Rogue One.”

Yet, buried underneath that steady stream of good marks and auteur-driven opportunities, most of which this critic has been a champion of, is “Casa de Mi Padre.” Matt Piedmont’s debut feature, a Spanish-language satire starring Will Ferrell,
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2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: Will they preview the Oscars again?

The Critics’ Choice Awards are renowned as one of the best barometers for predicting the Oscars. Over their 23-year history these prizes bestowed by the Broadcast Film Critics Assn. (Bfca) have previewed 14 Best Picture Oscar winners as well as 18 Best Director, 16 Best Actor, 13 Best Actress, 13 Supporting Actor and 16 Supporting Actress champs.

Last year, this group of journos foresaw the outcome in all of those Academy Awards races. The Critic’s Choice winners were revealed on Jan. 11, which was one day before Oscar nominations voting closes. “The Shape of Water” took the top prize here and Guillermo del Toro had a chance to practice the acceptance speech he would give at the Oscars. Likewise for the four acting winners: Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”), Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney.

See 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards: Full winners list in the 25 film and 17 TV categories

In 2017, the Critics’ Choice Awards were handed out on Dec.
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Henry Winkler Joins Wes Anderson's New Film The French Dispatch

At 73-years-old, Henry Winkler’s career is exploding and that’s all thanks to his role in HBO’s Barry, which is an incredibly well-made series!

According to THR, Winkler has joined the cast of director Wes Anderson’s upcoming film project, The French Dispatch. When I saw this news, I immediately wondered why Winkler and Anderson have never worked together before! This seems like such a perfect match-up of talent. At least it’s happening now and I’m looking forward to seeing what comes of it.

Winkler joins the previously cast Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Adrien Brody, Bob Balaban, Benicio Del Toro and Timothee Chalamet. Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, and Léa Seydoux are also rumored to be a part of the film.

The story for the film is set just after World War II and it’s “a love letter to journalists set at an outpost
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New to Streaming: ‘First Man,’ ‘Milla,’ ‘Y Tu Mamá También,’ ‘Annihilation,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Annihilation (Alex Garland)

Without all its wild ideas and analogies, this would still be a ripping adventure yarn. Lucky for the cerebral audience members, writer/director Alex Garland is able to weave ideas regarding self-destruction, personal evolution, and the mutable quality of self. Natalie Portman anchors it all through her expressive performance as a woman who is threatened more by her own mind than a world filled with vicious mutations. – Brian R.

Where to Stream: Amazon Prime, Hulu

Beautiful Boy (Felix Van Groeningen)

There’s an interesting framing device within Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy that strangely only frames the first half of the film. It
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Henry Winkler Joins Wes Anderson's French Dispatch

Henry Winkler Joins Wes Anderson's French Dispatch
Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch has added Henry Winkler to its already very impressive cast. There has been a lot of buzz online about Anderson's latest project, which is still under a heavy cloak of mystery. Initially it seemed like the movie was going to be a musical starring Brad Pitt and, ultimately, that was debunked. But Anderson is indeed already hard at work on his next live-action feature and now he's got some help from the man formerly known as the Fonz.

According to a new report, Henry Winkler, who first came on everyone's radar during his time on Happy Days, has joined the cast of The French Dispatch. Details on his role, and the movie in general, are being kept under lock and key for the time being. What we do know is that the movie is already filming on location in France. It's said to be
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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2019

After highlighting 50 films that we can guarantee are worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. Rather than regurgitating a list of dated-years-in-advance studio releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While the majority might not have a set release–let alone any confirmed festival premiere–most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2019, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond. Be sure to keep the following one-hundred films on your radar. If you want to see how we did with our picks last year, head on over here.

100. Matthias & Maxime (Xavier Dolan)

While the five-year stretch that comprised his first five films resulted in Xavier Dolan’s rise in international prominence, the last years haven’t been as kind, with
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The DGA Awards and Golden Globes have the same director lineup for the 1st time in 8 years

The DGA Awards and Golden Globes have the same director lineup for the 1st time in 8 years
For the first time in eight years, the Directors Guild of America Awards and the Golden Globes have shortlisted the same five directors as the best of the year. Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”), Peter Farrelly (“Green Book”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Adam McKay (“Vice”) received DGA nominations on Tuesday, two days after Cuaron won the Best Director Globe from the same lineup.

The last time DGA and the Globes went 5-for-5 was for the class of 2010. David Fincher (“The Social Network”) won the Globe over Darren Aronofsky (“Black Swan”), Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech”), David O. Russell (“The Fighter”) and Christopher Nolan (“Inception”). But Hooper nabbed the DGA and then the Oscar; the academy only snubbed Nolan in favor of Joel and Ethan Coen (“True Grit”).

See Directors Guild of America Awards nominations: See the full list

The DGA and Globes rarely match perfectly,
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Keri Langerman Creates Her Own Pop Star For ‘Vox Lux,’ Sourcing Vegan-Friendly Fashions For Natalie Portman

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For costume designer Keri Langerman, the intrepid Vox Lux was an “incredibly interesting” project to take on, that could be “incredibly intimidating” in equal part. Defying categorization by genre and not easily captured in a log line, the Neon drama follows Celeste, an ordinary teenager who survives a school shooting in 1999. From this moment, she is never the same, going on to become a pop star whose anthems dominate the airwaves, reshaping tragedy and trauma into artistic expression for the masses.

With its younger and older versions of Celeste, the film pointedly critiques the world of today, setting up an expanded timeline, and playing with form throughout to chart one uniquely talented woman’s metamorphosis. Prior to Vox, Langerman had never worked with it visionary director, Brady Corbet, at least in this context. For her, the extent of Corbet’s confidence, and his willingness to experiment,
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Open SXSW Film Festival

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Open SXSW Film Festival
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” will launch the 26th edition of the South by Southwest Film Festival on March 8.

“Us,” which follows a family confronted by a group of doppelgängers, stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, and Elisabeth Moss. Nyong’o and Duke play a couple who are taking their children to their beach house.

The movie is the first project under Peele’s first-look deal with Universal Pictures, which he signed with his Monkeypaw Productions last year after his “Get Out” grossed a massive $255 million worldwide. “Get Out” didn’t just become a box office sensation — it also scored an Oscar nomination for best picture and landed Peele a statue for best original screenplay.

Peele directed “Us” from his own script and produced alongside Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, and Monkeypaw’s Ian Cooper. “Us” will open in North America on March 15.

“We are crazy excited to world premiere the
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Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga and Glenn Close in a three-way dead heat for Best Actress at Critics’ Choice Awards

Olivia Colman, Lady Gaga and Glenn Close in a three-way dead heat for Best Actress at Critics’ Choice Awards
There are seven Best Actress nominees at the Critics’ Choice Awards, but it’s a three-way race for the win on Sunday’s ceremony. Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) and Glenn Close (“The Wife”) all have 13/2 odds in our predictions.

Due to ranking placements, Colman is technically in first place, followed by Gaga and Close. Colman has four Experts, two Editors and 15 Top 24 users picking her, while Gaga has one Expert, two Editors and three Top 24 Users. Close has three Experts, three Editors and six Top 24 users.

As voting for the Critics’ Choice winners opens on Thursday, Globe champs Colman and Close could get a major boost if voters want to rubber-stamp. Colman delivered a charming, hilarious speech, in which she called her co-stars Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz “my bitches.”Between the three of them, Colman also has the edge in terms of trophy haul,
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Five Of The Best: Political Dramas

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This week sees the release of The Front Runner, a new political drama from Jason Reitman starring Hugh Jackman in his first appearance on screen since the smash-hit The Greatest Showman. Jackman is in very different territory here, starring as Gary Hart, the front-runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.

One of the first big releases of the new year, the film is also one of the best political dramas in recent years, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the story. To coincide with the release of the film – in cinemas from 11th January, we take a trip back in time to look at five of the best political dramas in recent years.

Lbj (2016)

This little-seen drama first debuted at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival but didn’t hit cinemas until well after a year later. Rob Reiner directs a virtually unrecognisable Woody Harrelson in the title role of former U.
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Star Wars: 20 Things That Make No Sense About Padmé Amidala

Courageous and fierce, Queen Padmé Amidala Naberrie was one of the most impressive characters written into Star Wars, which is why her being gone and pretty much forgotten is such a travesty. Originally a kind, brave teenage queen who was an excellent leader, her involvement with young Anakin Skywalker quickly corrupted her heroic story, turning it into a tale of tragedy and despair. Not only was her legacy as a queen and skilled fighter forgotten, but so was her very name, as she was never even mentioned in the original trilogy that was centered around her husband and twin children.

If we look at Star Wars through this lens, it could be ruined for us. When we think about the rendering of Amidala a side-note wife whom Anakin himself destroyed in order to foster his own tale of evil, to completely erasing her and giving her the most ridiculous reason for losing her life,
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Oscars’ Music Shortlist: 7 Song and Score Surprises

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For many years, Oscar “shortlists” narrowed down the choices in a preliminary round that would eventually lead to the five nominees for original song and score. Academy executives discontinued that practice after the 1979 awards, but have brought it back for the 2018 honors.

It was problematic then and it remains so now. Not everyone agrees that the shortlist concept is a good idea, primarily because it forces music-branch members to see and evaluate dozens of films before the first round of voting in early December. Previously, they had until early January to wade through all those “for your consideration” screeners and CDs.

In May, Academy executives insisted that the shortlist “gives smaller or lesser-known films a better chance to be nominated.” Speculation at the time focused on music from films released in the first half of the year, which have often been ignored in favor of end-of-year releases, generally deemed more “important.
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TimesUp Commends #MeToo Survivors After Stinging Criticism

When TimesUp released a star-studded sizzle reel commemorating its first year, one of the most striking things about it was who wasn‘t included: any of the women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

The women who spoke up against Weinstein helped the #MeToo movement catch fire, which led to Hollywood’s creation of the reform-focused TimesUp. The group’s Jan. 1 video featured big names including America Ferrera, Kerry Washington, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Tracee Ellis Ross, Natalie Portman, Shonda Rhimes, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep.

The exclusion of Weinstein accusers exposed growing tensions between TimesUp and #MeToo activists, who say they’ve felt ignored by TimesUp leadership for quite some time.

Also Read: TimesUp Fund Logs 3,000 Complaints Since Launch, Leaders Say at Power Women Breakfast DC (Video)

A TimesUp spokesperson responded to the backlash, telling TheWrap in a statement Saturday: “The cultural reckoning we’re experiencing today would
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #56. An Easy Girl (Une fille facile) – Rebecca Zlotowski

An Easy Girl (Une fille facile)

French director Rebecca Zlotowski attempts something new with her fourth film, Une fille facile (An Easy Girl), which is described as a romantic comedy. Zlotowski has thus far focused on complex portraits of women in extraordinary situations or emotional circumstances, working with Lea Seydoux on her 2010 debut Belle Epine (aka Dear Prudence) and reuniting with the actress for 2013’s Grand Central, featuring a troubled love triangle (including Denis Menochet and Tahar Rahim) amidst the backdrop of potential radioactive poisoning. Zlotowski’s underrated English debut Planetarium (read review) co-written by Robin Campillo, which featured Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp as a pair of 1930s psychic sisters is the stuff of esoteric arthouse eloquence once prized at the cinema.…
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Globe-Trotting Filmmakers Find Inspiration From Homecomings

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Globe-Trotting Filmmakers Find Inspiration From Homecomings
You can’t go home again, goes the old saying — and for many Hollywood émigré filmmakers over the years, from Billy Wilder to Milos Forman, it has proved true. But exceptions have always endured, hopping productively between between continents: recently, take Taiwanese-born Ang Lee, fitting in Chinese-language epics like “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Lust, Caution” amid glossy U.S. prestige projects, or Chilean auteur Pablo Larrain, who sandwiched the Natalie Portman starrer “Jackie” between homegrown projects.

In this year’s Oscar race for best foreign-language film, meanwhile, a trio of accomplished, globe-trotting writer-directors — all former Oscar winners themselves — are reaping the benefits of returning to native territory after a spell in English-lingo cinema. For Germany’s Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Poland’s Pawel Pawlikowski and Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron, going home has given them the freedom to tell ambitious, sometimes highly personal stories they couldn’t have told abroad.
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Brady Corbet Taps Into His Punk Spirit, Coloring Outside The Lines With The Audacious ‘Vox Lux’

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Brady Corbet Taps Into His Punk Spirit, Coloring Outside The Lines With The Audacious ‘Vox Lux’
When Brady Corbet took his debut film The Childhood of a Leader to the Venice Film Festival in 2015, it was immediately embraced. Winning two prizes—the Luigi de Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film, and the Venice Horizons Award—its reception at this prestigious festival seemed to herald the emergence of a startling and exciting new voice. An artist with grand ambitions, an experimental spirit and plenty of ideas, the writer/director managed to assemble an impressive cast in his first outing, including Robert Pattinson, Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, and Stacy Martin, which would seem to further validate the notion that he had something important to say. And yet in Corbet’s mind, all this affirmation wasn’t enough. It wasn’t an easily met portal into a new cinematic world, culminating in the possibilities he hoped for most. To break through to a place of some ease, where he
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#AwardsSoMale: Why Nominations Need to Recognize More Women Directors in 2019 (Column)

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In the 90-year history of the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has failed to nominate even a single woman in the best director category 85 times. The Academy is not alone. The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. has excluded women from this category in 69 of its 76 years of awarding Golden Globes, and did not nominate a single woman in 2018. We are squarely mired in another year of #GoldenGlobesSoMale and may be on the brink of yet another year of #OscarsSoMale.

When questioned about their exclusively male choices in years past, spokespeople for these groups have typically noted that the nominations are a reflection, not a cause, of the wildly skewed gender ratios in the mainstream film industry. This response is only partially accurate.

While women do remain underemployed, accounting for just 11% of all directors working on the 250 top grossing films of 2017, and 18% of those working on the 500 top films,
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