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For Your Consideration: 10 Overlooked Actresses Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 3:05 PM
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Received wisdom says that most years, including this one, the Best Actress field of contenders for the Oscars is "weaker" than their male counterparts, with a fairly limited group of possibilities who are plausible nominees. To which we can only say: horseshit. Every year, but this one in particular, we watch scores of fine female performances be overlooked because they're in small indie movies or because they were overshadowed in reviews by male co-stars or because they're not Meryl Streep.

New Details Emerge About Noah Baumbach's Animated 'Flawed Dogs'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 19, 2013 9:44 AM
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Secrecy, thy name is Noah Baumbach. Launching in full force with last year's charming “Frances Ha”, the “Squid and the Whale” filmmaker has taken to announcing projects after their completion, shooting films on-the-fly with digital cameras, and generally entering a new and unknown phase of his career. One of his only constants throughout is actress/partner Greta Gerwig, and while we first learned hints this spring of a DreamWorks animation project with both involved, finally there are some concrete details to back it up.

Mia Hansen-Love Helming Dance World Saga 'Eden' Starring Brady Corbet and Greta Gerwig

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 4, 2013 12:15 PM
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Seemingly every generation's zeitgeist-capturing musical movement has its correlating cinematic interpretation (usually about an arty director with some experience in said movement). Whit Stillman's “The Last Days of Disco” attempted to be that film for the early '80s and the waning days of the '70s musical fad of choice; Michael Winterbottom's “24 Hour Party People” captured the Factory records heyday of the late '80s; and now, behold, Mia Hansen-Love is bringing us "Eden," a chronicle of the electronic music boom of the '90s.

5 Reasons You Should Go See Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig's 'Frances Ha,' Plus All The Music In The Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 31, 2013 11:22 AM
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It's been out for a few weeks, and has been doing very nicely in limited release (with the third-best screen average of the year so far in its first weekend), but this weekend sees Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's "Frances Ha" expand to even more theaters.

Review: Endearing & Buoyant ‘Frances Ha’ Marks A Terrific Gear Shift For Director Noah Baumbach

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 15, 2013 3:55 PM
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Loose, limber and driven by a fierce energy and staccato/pause rhythm we haven't seen previously from this filmmaker, Noah Baumbach's sublime "Frances Ha" is a fresh and vivacious near-reinvention of the director/writer's comedic milieu. An enchanting riff on friendship and the late-20-something right of passage into true adulthood, while the buoyant comedy does focus on those who still don't have their shit together, it is however, leagues more rich and emotionally layered than the average arrested development dilemma that seems to characterize 20/30-something comedies of late.

Greta Gerwig Says Her Secret Project Is "A Love Story About Girls"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 9, 2012 9:38 AM
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After flirting with mainstream in 2011 in movies like "No Strings Attached" and "Arthur," in 2012 Greta Gerwig is reaffirming her indie darling status. With Whit Stillman's "Damsels In Distress" now in theaters, Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love," and rom-com "Lola Versus" on the way, Gerwig is back in the arthouse for the remainder of the year. And this fall, she'll once again be festival circuit bound as well.

Greta Gerwig Shot Secret Film She Wrote Last Year, Could Hit Festivals As Soon As The Fall

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 4, 2012 12:20 PM
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Indie darling Greta Gerwig is not, whatever her screen persona might suggest, an actress without ambition. Since her debut with a small role in Joe Swanberg's "LOL," she's been rising steadily through the ranks, working with many of the heavyweights of the so-called "mumblecore" movement like the Duplass Brothers and Ti West, moving into the mainstream with Noah Baumbach's "Greenberg," and even taking supporting roles in big studio comedies like "No Strings Attached" and "Arthur." And at the moment, she's on a run of working with a string of some of the most acclaimed filmmakers today: reuniting with Baumbach on HBO pilot "The Corrections," appearing in Woody Allen's "To Rome With Love," and leading the long-awaited return of Whit Stillman with "Damsels In Distress," which opens this Friday.

Whit Stillman Still Plans To Make Jamaican-Set 'Dancing Mood' After 'Damsels In Distress'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • September 9, 2011 3:04 AM
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Calls New Comedy "Jane Austen Meets Judd Apatow"While we wait with bated breath to find out if director Whit Stillman’s first film in over a decade, “Damsels in Distress,” can deliver on expectations, it would appear that the director already has his next directorial effort in mind. And for longtime fans keeping score, it's an old one that's been brewing for several years.

Rose Byrne In, Greta Gerwig Out For Derek Cianfrance's 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 10:05 AM
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Filming is already well underway but it looks like one actress wasn't able to make it to "The Place Beyond the Pines."

Whit Stillman's 'Damsels In Distress' To Close 2011 Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 26, 2011 5:06 AM
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Frederick Wiseman's 'Crazy Horse,' Jean Marc-Vallee's 'Cafe De Flore' Head Up Venice Days Line-UpAnnoyingly, the fall film festivals seem to have gotten together and decided to release all their news at the same time, on the same day: just as Toronto was unveiling its line-up, Venice has now announced their closing film, ahead of the full line-up being revealed on Thursday. We already know that George Clooney's "The Ides of March" will open the festival on August 31st, rumors are flying thick and fast about the rest of the line-up, and now, we know the closer, which will wrap things up on September 10th. And it's a doozy.

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