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Your Voice in My Head
Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Bling Ring) is set to star in an adaptation of Emma Forrest’s memoir, Your Voice in My Head, about her descent into mental illness as she struggles to pursue relationships and a writing career, and how one doctor saved her life. Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall) will direct.
Winter’s Tale [Warner Bros.] in theaters February 14, 2014
The film stars Colin Farrell as a thief named Peter Lake who falls in love with a dying girl played by Jessica Brown Findlay [Downton Abbey]. Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly also star in the film set in a mythic New York City.
Cassidy (Natasha Henstridge) spent 15 years hospitalized for being criminally insane and on release shows up at her younger sister Jane’s house. Jane’s a police officer living with her teenage daughter (Peyton List) and fiancé (Matthew Settle). From the look on Jane’s face she seems doubtful she can trust Cassidy or that she’s been fully rehabilitated even after more than a decade. I’m always wary when films portray the mentally ill as too dangerous. Yes, there are those mentally ill who cannot interact with society and need to be under constant care and supervision a hospital wouldn’t release a woman after 15 years if it didn’t believe she’d be okay as long as she took her medication and continued therapy. There are double-checks. Of course then there wouldn’t be these Lifetime films. I’m dubious about this film.
“It’s so private here. You could do whatever you wanted and nobody would know,” Cassidy says when she sees the beautifully open living room in her younger sister Jane’s home.
Jane keeps having flashbacks to whatever it is that occurred so many years ago that landed Cassidy in the psychiatric facility. They’re very tense with each other. Cassidy also flirts with Jane’s fiancé and cozies up to her daughter which she doesn’t appreciate at all. Jane tells her fiancé that she’s had regular calls with Cassidy’s doctor and he’s never once indicated that she’d be released any time soon. He told her about mood swings and memory loss. Jane travels to the hospital to investigate. Cassidy’s psychiatrist retired. A letter indicated that she should be released and continue her treatment as an outpatient. Jane remains suspicious.
“I cut my sister out of my life for good reason. Cassidy is mentally unstable,” Jane tells her daughter.
“Like me?” [her daughter has water phobia]
“No. You’ll grow out of that.”
Natasha Henstridge plays the mysterious, potentially still volatile Cassidy really well. Sometimes blank faced, confused, sad, distraught. Often jealous, confused and trying to fit in. Occasionally hopefully. She shows so much in her eyes and her delivery truly effective for this wounded character. While Kelly Rutherford (who I’ve only seen on Gossip Girl) acts the perfect foil to her older sister who scares her so much.
She says that her sister’s bipolar with a borderline personality who murdered her husband. Jane explains everything that happened early on to her fiancé. Although mental illness doesn’t truly manifest until mid-to-late 20s. There’s another twist that I don’t want to reveal.
I DO want to stress, if you have a mental illness don’t go off your meds without medical supervision.
There’s an intense twist at the end of A Sister’s Nightmare.
–review by Amy Steele
A Sister’s Nightmare debuts September 7, 2013 at 8pm on Lifetime.
what I highly recommend this month.
Lillian & Dash by Sam Topperoff
Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver
–Cate Blanchett SO SO fantastic in everything she does. And Sally Hawkins as her sister? Fantastic!
–saw Ashton Kutcher interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel. I knew that early on he, Wilmer Valderamma and Danny Masterson from That 70s Show founded a restaurant group and opened several restaurants (how he met Demi Moore). Did not know that he had an investment fund group and has invested in FourSquare, Square, Spotify and several other tech companies that I use and like. I’m a biopic fan and I thought Ashton did quite a good job playing Steve Jobs. There’s a lot to cover. I would’ve liked to see more of the last 20 years when he came back to the company but this film focused on the founding of Apple in the 70s which I knew nothing about. It completely engulfed me. And if I leave a film wanting to know more about the subject, it’s a great biopic.
–based on the true story about aboriginal women in Australia during the Vietnam War this is an uplifting and moving film. Chris O’Dowd stars as their manager.
What Maisie Knew
–amazing, bittersweet. need to read the Henry James novel now.
Damien Dempsey– Almighty Love– poignant folk
Haim, Days are Gone [Columbia/Sony]– out September 30
and MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE CHELSEA WOLFE has a new album out September 3, Pain is Beauty [Sargent House]
–dark, twisted. I’m a fan of both Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir who play detectives from Texas and Chihuahua working on murder cases.
–I like anything Julia Louis-Dreyfuss is in.
The Mindy Project
–I’d read Mindy Kaling’s memoir and found her insufferable and self-centered. So I didn’t give her sitcom a proper chance. Tried it again recently and I’m hooked. It’s smart, feminist and clever.
Venus and Serena
Somehow I never knew Venus and Serena Williams grew up in Compton, California. So extra accolades to them for succeeding as they have. The documentary shows early interview and stock footage as well as current interview footage. As with 99% of successful professional athletes the sisters missed out on a lot growing up. But I think they’ve made up for lost time and don’t seem to have missed out on youthful silliness plus they had each other. Their days revolved around tennis and school. It’s also wonderful to see the tight bonds between Venus and Serena as well as with their mom, dad (now divorced) and their sisters and family members. These are remarkable, spirited and giving women who adore tennis and don’t intend to retire any time soon. Venus and Serena are trailblazers for women in sports and African-American women in sports.
70% of women need direct clitoral stimulation to orgasm. A sex shop owner said that many women don’t even know how to find their clitoris. Blame it on a lack of sex education. Big pharmaceutical companies and medical industries developed Viagra for men and now want to capitalize on a fabricated women’s “disease” called female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Women have long been programmed to believe that not achieving an orgasm through intercourse indicates something flawed.
Director Liz Canner exposes this greedy, disruptive and manipulative process in the intelligent and disturbing Orgasm, Inc. The company Vivus, planning to develop an orgasm cream for women, hired Canner to create erotic videos to aid in the clinical trial phase. Canner spent nine years researching the pharmaceutical and medical industries and their relationships to female pleasure. These big pharma companies wanted to be the first to develop products to treat FSD. They would make tons of money but the side-effects and risks outweigh the benefits. Still, many “sex experts” such as Laura Berman, PhD work with pharma companies to publicize their drugs. You know all the drug commercials we’re bombarded with on television and in magazines? Ronald Reagan signed the direct-to-consumer advertising law. Only the United States and New Zealand allow direct-to-consumer advertising by pharmaceutical companies. It’s rather sad if you really contemplate it. People see the commercials and a seed gets planted that something might be wrong with them that can be cured with a pill. It’s just not that simple in our fast-paced, high stress environment. She receives a whopping $75, 000/ day.
Canner approaches the topic in a refreshing manner. She speaks to clinical researchers, sex educators, scholars, activists and a variety of women. Orgasm, Inc. is a compelling and thoroughly researched documentary. It’s a must-see.
Searching for Debra Winger
Rosanna Arquette’s documentary on women in film. Amazing and very honest commentary from stars from Gwyneth Paltrow to Whoopi to Vanessa Redgrave to Selma Hayek to Charlotte Rampling to of course Debra Winger. It’s great that these women feel comfortable with age but sad to see the frustration and that there still is the issue of great roles for women over 30. Instead of the wife, the girlfriend and that women have to make a choice of career or family, many making only one film per year. There’s a discussion by a group of 30somethings including Martha Plimpton and Samantha Mathis that televison roles are actually better these days which is a huge flip from the past, film actors never went to tv and also focusing on the stage. And then sadly they talked about many directors and producers wanting to find the “fuckibility factor.” Patricia Arquette spoke of an inappropriate producer and how she had to do a sex scene for “Human Nature” and asked that he not be there and was told he wasn’t, found out he was and pulled the director aside and told him he had a lot to learn and for a scene like that she needed to feel safe and he blew it.
Casting for Ann Leary’s The Good House
Meryl Streep will play Hildy Good, a lifelong resident of Boston’s North Shore who befriends a beautiful young new arrival while struggling with her own drink problem. Robert De Niro will portray Good’s eccentric old flame Frank Getchell, who warns her to steer clear of her new companion. Pulitzer prize-winner Michael Cunningham is writing the screenplay adaptation. No director has yet been attached to the project.
from goodreads: Ann Leary’s The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston’s North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She’s also a raging alcoholic. Hildy’s family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place—“if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday,” she advises “run for your life” — and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key to her drinking problem. As if battling her demons wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Hildy soon finds herself embroiled in the underbelly of her New England town, a craggy little place that harbors secrets. There’s a scandal, some mysticism, babies, old houses, drinking, and desire—and a love story between two craggy sixty-somethings that’s as real and sexy as you get.
First Look at Labor Day starring Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin, directed by Jason Reitman
The film, based on the novel by Joyce Maynard, is about an escaped convict (Brolin) who convinces Adele (Winslet) to take him into her home over the labor day weekend. 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (Changling’s Gattlin Griffith) struggles with the difficulties of adolescence and caring for his reclusive mother. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape all of them for the rest of their lives. Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, JK Simmons, Brooke Smith and James Van Der Beek co-star.
Casting for The Fault in Our Stars
Shailene Woodley stars as Hazel Grace while Ansel Elgort plays Augustus Waters. Laura Dern will play Hazel Grace’s mom.
The Fault in Our Stars focuses on two cancer patients, Hazel and Augustus, who fall in love after meeting at a cancer support group.
Filming begins next month in Pittsburgh and is slated for a 2015 theatrical release.
The film will be scored by Bright Eyes members Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott.
Gone Girl Casting
This book was a tough one with very unsympathetic, unlikeable characters particularly Amy Dunne. She will be played by Rosamund Pike [Jack Reacher]. Ben Affleck will play Nick. David Fincher directs, author Gillian Flynn adapted the screenplay and Reese Witherspoon will produce the adaptation.
A Tale of Love and Darkness– Amos Oz memoir
Natalie Portman received a grant from the Jerusalem Film Fund to write, direct and star in an adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir, A Tale of Love and Darkness. Oz’s memoir takes place in the 1940s and 1950s in war torn Jerusalem.
“I know older men in comedy who can barely feed and clean themselves, and they still work. The women, though, they’re all ‘crazy.’ I have a suspicion — and hear me out, because this is a rough one — that the definition of “crazy” in show business is a woman who keeps talking even after no one wants to fuck her anymore.”
[from The New Yorker]
Beady Eye and former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher reports that like his brother Noel, he has tinnitus. Seems to be no big deal for him as he tells the Sun:
“Without a doubt I have tinnitus. You’re not a proper rock’n'roll star if you don’t.”
IFC renewed Portlandia for two more seasons.
Sam Riley [Control, On the Road] is the latest addition to the Weinstein Company’s adaptation of Irene Nemirovsky’s book, “Suite Francaise.” Set in WWII, the project recently acquired leading lady Michelle Williams, on top of a cast that already includes Kristin Scott Thomas as Williams’ mother.
the story: a French woman (Williams) falls in love with a German officer (played by Matthias Schoenaerts). Production is set to start later this summer for a release next year.
Stephen Fry has bipolar disorder. He recently admitted that he attempted suicide last year. His first suicide attempt was at age 17.
Speaking to comedian Richard Herring, Stephen said:
“I am the victim of my own moods, more than most people are perhaps, in as much as I have a condition which requires me to take medication so that I don’t get either too hyper or too depressed to the point of suicide. I would go as far as to tell you that I attempted it last year, so I’m not always happy – this is the first time I’ve said this in public, but I might as well. I’m president of Mind, and the whole point in my role, as I see it, is not to be shy and to be forthcoming about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people with certain mood disorders.”