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Amy Adams & Laura Dern To Produce ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ Drama Based On Novel For HBO

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HBO has put in development The Most Fun We Ever Had, a drama-series project based on Claire Lombardo’s New York Times bestselling novel, from Amy Adams and Stacy O’Neil’s Bond Group Entertainment and Laura Dern and Jayme LemonsJaywalker Pictures. Lombardo is attached to pen the series adaptation and co-executive produce. Bond Group Entertainment, which is under a first-look deal with HBO, and Jaywalker Pictures are co-producing the project.

A multigenerational saga spanning half a century, The Most Fun We Ever Had follows four sisters, each struggling to exist in the shadow of their parents’ idyllic marriage, whose lives are complicated by the unexpected return of the son one of them gave up for adoption fifteen years earlier.

Adams and Stacy O’Neil executive produce for Bond Group with Dern and Jayme Lemons for Jaywalker. Anya Epstein also executive produces and serves as showrunner.
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Kristen Stewart Says Cate Blanchett Should Serve as Humankind’s Ambassador to Alien Race

Kristen Stewart Says Cate Blanchett Should Serve as Humankind’s Ambassador to Alien Race
In a new interview with Deadline, Kristen Stewart is right to say that she wears her feelings. With each of her performances, from Olivier Assayas’ Gen-y ghost story “Personal Shopper” to Justin Kelly’s “Jt Leroy” and, now, Benedict Andrews’ “Seberg,” it feels like the actress is revealing another facet of her real self.

She’s currently at the Venice Film Festival to promote Amazon Studios’ “Seberg,” where the film will have its world premiere. In the politically charged thriller, Stewart plays ’60s New Wave icon Jean Seberg, complete with blond pixie cut, best known as New York Herald Tribune girl Patricia in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless.”

However, Seberg was equally notorious at the time for her association with Black Power advocate Hakim Jamal (played here by Anthony Mackie), turning her into a target of the FBI, which already had tabs on Seberg illegally in the Hoover days through its surveillance program Cointelpro.
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​Kristen Stewart, Sophie Turner, Sienna Miller, Catherine Deneuve head to Deauville Film Festival

​Kristen Stewart, Sophie Turner, Sienna Miller, Catherine Deneuve head to Deauville Film Festival
Festival celebrating Us cinema unveils full line-up of 45th edition.

The Deauville American Festival has unveiled a female-focused programme spotlighting women behind and in front of the camera for its 45th edition.

The festival, unfolding in the luxury northern French resort of Deauville Sept 6-15, courted controversy earlier in the week when it announced it was opening with Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York.

It will be the feature’s biggest festival screening after backers Amazon cancelled its release after its 2017 shoot when molestation allegations by the director’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow resurfaced amid the rise
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Movie Review – Jt LeRoy (2018)

Jt LeRoy, 2018.

Directed by Justin Kelly.

Starring Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess, Kelvin Harrison Jr. and Courtney Love.


The true story of the literary phenomenon, who was actually not a troubled young man, but a middle-aged woman working with the aid of her partner’s androgynous sister.

The story of Jt LeRoy is a truly fascinating one, particularly in an era that has seen phrases like “fake news” and “alternative facts” burst into the public arena. Against that landscape, the true story of a cult of personality that sprung up around an entirely artificial pseudonymous character is ample fodder for a big screen adaptation. Justin Kelly’s fourth feature casts an engrossing eye over this famous fraud, and the people behind it.

Kelly’s story begins with extroverted writer Laura Albert (Laura Dern) already enjoying major success in the literature world for her novels published under
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UK poster and trailer for Jt LeRoy starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern

Ahead of its UK release next month, a trailer, poster and images have arrived online for Jt LeRoy, director Justin Kelly’s upcoming adaptation of Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt Leroy which sees Kristen Stewart leading a cast that also includes Laura Dern, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess, Courtney Love, James Jagger, and Dave Brown; take a look here…

Laura Albert writes as her “avatar,” a disenfranchised young queer man named Jt LeRoy. When her debut novel becomes a best-seller and Jt becomes the darling of the literary world, she comes up with a unique solution to preserve her anonymity but give life to her nom-de-plume. Enter her boyfriend’s androgynous sister Savannah Knoop, who connects with Laura’s punk, feminist, outsider universe and agrees to be Jt in the public eye. Together, they embark on a wild ride of double lives,
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What Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart Learned About Gender While Working on ‘Jt LeRoy’

What Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart Learned About Gender While Working on ‘Jt LeRoy’
Three years after Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern both starred in Kelly Reichardt’s elegant 2016 drama “Certain Women,” the powerhouse actresses have reunited, and this time they actually share scenes — quite a few. Unfortunately, their new collaboration, “Jt LeRoy,” is uneven, heavy-handed, and entirely one sided in its point of view. Regardless of what went wrong, these two are very good together. The underlying story, with all of its fascinating questions of identity and who gets to tell what story, clearly struck a nerve for both of these thoughtful talents.

Named for the fictional persona at the center of the literary scandal that ensnared everyone from Winona Ryder to Courtney Love, “Jt LeRoy” tells the story of Laura Albert’s invention of an HIV-positive, transgender sex worker as her literary avatar, told from the perspective of the androgynous young person she enlisted to play him in public. Based on the memoir by Savannah Knoop,
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New Film ‘Jt LeRoy’ Explores Bizarre Details of Early-2000s Literary Scam

New Film ‘Jt LeRoy’ Explores Bizarre Details of Early-2000s Literary Scam
It is a truth universally acknowledged that everyone loves a good scam. From Elizabeth Holmes to Fyre Fest to ersatz German heiress Anna Delvey, grifters have had us all in their thrall. Yet in our zeal to find a new, juicy con-artist tale, we often forget about the scammers who paved the way, those who successfully lied and cheated their way to the top, so that morally compromised and ambitious members of future generations could follow suit. I am speaking, of course, of Jt LeRoy, the enigmatic former teenage hustler
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Review: "Jt LeRoy" Fails to Ask Foundational Questions of Identity

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When news broke of the true identity of author Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy folks threw around the word “hoax,” but the person behind the avatar, Laura Albert, hated that her creation was described that way.For her, Jt LeRoy was just as real as she was. Other authors over the course of history have long-used pen-names or fake identities to get further in publishing or to be taken more seriously, especially women, so what made Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy different than the Bronte sisters? The line in the sand moment—and this is where the story gets a little weird—is that Albert eventually hired someone to pose as Jt LeRoy, which gave him flesh. The person she hired was Savannah Knoop, her sister-in-law. Knoop went on to pose as LeRoy for six years and chronicled the experience in the fascinating 2008 memoir Girl, Boy, Girl: How I Became Jt Leroy. Before Jt
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Exclusive Interview: Jt LeRoy Director Justin Kelly & Writer Savannah Knoop

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Following closing night festival screenings at Toronto and BFI Flare, director Justin Kelly’s Jt LeRoy opens in select Us cinemas, on demand and digital this Friday 26th April 2019. The compelling film chronicles the fascinating real life events that saw Savannah Knoop take on the public persona of celebrated author Jt Leroy, who was eventually revealed to be the creation and nom de plume of writer Laura Albert.

Whereas the 2016 documentary Author: The Jt Leroy Story focused largely on Albert, Kelly’s Jt LeRoy is based on the memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt LeRoy by Savannah Knoop, who also co-wrote the screenplay, and recounts how events unfolded largely from their perspective. The film stars Laura Dern as Laura Albert and Kristen Stewart as Savannah Knoop, while the cast also features Courtney Love, Jim Sturgess and Diane Kruger.

James Kleinmann spoke exclusively to Justin Kelly and Savannah Knoop for HeyUGuys.
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Laura Dern And Kristen Stewart Stun In “Jt LeRoy”

Anyone who thinks Kristen Stewart isn’t one of the under-sung actresses of her generation just isn’t paying attention. For years now, Stewart has been doing incredibly interesting work in films that fly largely under the radar. One of these days, it’s going to turn into an Academy Award nomination. Last year, she was buzzed about for Oscar attention with the biopic Jt LeRoy. A somewhat mixed reception at the Toronto International Film Festival pushed it back into 2019, erasing the buzz in the process. Well, opening this week, I can vouch for Stewart being excellent in it, with a tremendous turn from Laura Dern as well. The Tiff reviews got this one wrong, plain and simple. The movie is a biopic of Savannah Knoop (Stewart), who would spend about six years pretending to be a celebrated author by the name of Jt LeRoy. The write was merely the
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See Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern Cook Up a Scheme in New Jt LeRoy Clip

See Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern Cook Up a Scheme in New Jt LeRoy Clip
Kristen Stewart is about to get roped into a major scam.

In a People exclusive clip of Justin Kelly’s upcoming film Jt LeRoy, Stewart, 29, portrays Savannah Knoop, a young woman who poses as a popular author while her sister-in-law writes the material.

In the clip, Savannah visits her brother Geoffrey (Jim Sturgess) and his wife Laura Albert (Laura Dern). Bombastic and eccentric, Laura overwhelms Savannah when she greets her.

“Savannah, Geoffrey’s baby sister! Look at this creature. Just as you said,” Laura tells Geoffrey as she cradles Savannah’s face in her hands.

Looking uncomfortable, Savannah remains silent
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‘Jt LeRoy’ Trailer: Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern Scandalize the Literary World

Universal Pictures has released the trailer for “Jt LeRoy,” writer-director Justin Kelly’s take on one of the most infamous literary scandals of the last 20 years. Formerly known as “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” it stars Laura Dern as the writer who made up the pseudonymous persona and Kristen Stewart as the sister-in-law who portrayed LeRoy in public — and if that sounds confusing, just imagine how everyone who bought the books felt. Avail yourself of the trailer below.

Here’s the synopsis: “Laura Albert (Dern) writes tough, insightful fiction under a pseudonym, Jt LeRoy. Her Jt is not just a pen name but a whole persona, a teenage boy from West Virginia living a dangerous life as a truck stop sex worker. Laura was born in Brooklyn a generation earlier, and grew up in New York’s punk scene. Writing books such as ‘The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things’ as Jt
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Kristen Stewart Cons Her Way Through the First Trailer for ‘J.T. LeRoy’

Premiering last fall at the Toronto International Film Festival, J.T. Leroy (then titled Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy) tells the true story as captured in Savannah Knoop’s 2008 memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt LeRoy. Starring Kristen Stewart as the author who conned her way through the literary world under the titular fake persona, the film is directed by Justin Kelly (I Am Michael). Also starring Laura Dern, Jim Sturgess, Courtney Love, and Diane Kruger, the film will now arrive later this month and now the first trailer has landed.

Christopher Schobert praised Stewart, saying in his review, “It’s a stunning performance, one matched by the wondrous Laura Dern as Laura Albert, the author who created LeRoy and wrote his works. Jeremiah is bouncy and pleasing, if overfamiliar and never as insightful as one would hope. That is not necessarily the fault of director Justin Kelly, who co-wrote the film with Koop herself.
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First trailer for J.T. LeRoy starring Kristen Stewart

Ahead of its Us release later this month, the first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming biographical drama J.T. LeRoy. Based on Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt Leroy, the film stars Kristen Stewart as Knoop, who spent six years pretending to be the celebrated literary persona of her sister-in-law; watch it here…

J.T. LeRoy sees Justin Kelly directing a cast that includes Laura Dern, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess, Courtney Love, James Jagger, and Dave Brown. It is set for release on April 26th in the Us and on August 12th in the UK.

The post First trailer for J.T. LeRoy starring Kristen Stewart appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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Kristen Stewart & Laura Dern in 'Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy' Trailer

"Are you really who you say you are?" Universal has released the first official trailer for the true story film Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, also known as Jt LeRoy, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year. The film tells the story of a young woman named Savannah Knoop who spent six years pretending to be the celebrated author and cult status character Jt LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law. Kristen Stewart stars as Savannah, and the cast includes Laura Dern, Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess, Courtney Love, Stella Maxwell, and Kelvin Harrison Jr. This almost unbelievable true story was also told in a documentary recently called Author: The Jt LeRoy Story, and it's a fascinating story to examine looking back on it all now. This feature version of her story looks like a fun one, give it a whirl. Here's the trailer (+ poster) for Justin Kelly's Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,
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Kristen Stewart: "Jt LeRoy"

Sneak Peek writer/director Justin Kelly's romantic drama feature "Jt LeRoy", based on the memoir "Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt Leroy" by Savannah Knoop starring Kristen Stewart, opening April 26, 2019:

"...'Savannah Knoop' (Stewart) spends six years masquerading as 'Laura Albert' and her literary persona 'Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy'.

"In 2006, The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked 'it boy' wunderkind 'Jt LeRoy', whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. 

"It turned out LeRoy didn't actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco housewife, 'Laura Albert' (Laura Dern) whose epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows and fashion events, ultimately revealing that channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was her only possible path to self-expression..."

Cast also includes Diane Kruger as 'Eva', Jim Sturgess as 'Geoffrey Knoop',
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Tomer Heymann, Pratibha Parmar lead 2019 BFI Flare industry programme

Events include a panel on crowdfunding.

The BFI Flare Lgbtq+ Film Festival has announced the industry programme for its 2019 edition, which runs from March 21-31.

‘The Makers’, a series of one-to-one interviews with individuals who have made a major contribution to Lgbtq+ film and television, will feature sessions with Israeli filmmaker Tomer Heymann (Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life), and the UK’s Pratibha Parmar (Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth) and Kristiene Clarke (The Truth About Gay Sex).

Panel events include ‘Standing out from the Crowd(fund)’, a discussion about how crowdfunding can be used for Lgbtq+ work, with filmmakers
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"Hudson and Rex" Unleashed

"Hudson & Rex" is the new 'police dog' procedural drama, based on the Austrian series "Inspector Rex", starring John Reardon, Mayko Nguyen, Kevin Hanchard and Justin Kelly, premiering March 25, 2019 on Citytv:

"...'Detective Charlie Hudson' (Reardon), a 'Major Crimes' detective for the 'St. John's Police Department', teams up with 'Rex' (Diesel von Burgimwald), a former-'K9' German Shepherd, whose heightened senses keep Charlie hot on the trail of his suspects.

"Together, they investigate puzzling crimes, from a kidnapping which reveals a much larger conspiracy at play to an art theft murder which runs deep into the world of high society.

"Now with Charlie's deft detective work and Rex' keen senses, this crime-fighting pair is unstoppable.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Hudson & Rex"...
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‘Jt LeRoy’ Filmmaker Justin Kelly Signs With ICM Partners

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Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed filmmaker Justin Kelly, whose upcoming film Jt LeRoy starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern hits theaters in April.

Early on in his career, Kelly cut his teeth directing and editing music videos for artists such as Gossip, Hunx and his Punx and Tiny Hearts and working as an editor.

Kelly’s feature directorial debut I Am Michael, which he adapted from Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend” followed the true-life story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who became a Christian pastor after identifying himself as a heterosexual. Gus Van Sant executive produced the feature which starred James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts. The film went on to premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Berlinale.

Kelly continued on to write and direct IFC’s King Cobra about veteran gay pornography producer Stephen who battles two rival producers over the
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BFI Flare announces full 2019 programme, including 'Jt Leroy', 'Tell It To The Bees'

This year is the 33rd edition of the event.

The BFI Flare: London Lgbtq+ Film Festival (March 21 – 31) has unveiled the full programme for its 33rd edition, including over 50 features.

Titles will include the European premiere of Justin Kelly’s Jt Leroy starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, which will close the event. The film, adapted from Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt LeRoy, premiered at Toronto last year.

The Flare centrepiece screening will be the UK premiere of Tomer Heymann’s documentary Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life, a portrait of one of the world’s most successful gay porn stars.
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