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Joaquin Phoenix to collaborate with Mike Mills for first post-Joker role

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After completing his role as the Jester of Genocide for director Todd Phillips' buzz-worthy Joker, acclaimed actor Joaquin Phoenix appears to have landed his next role thanks to an untitled project from Beginners and Thumbsucker filmmaker Mike Mills. According to Deadline, A24 is in final negotiations to land Mills' mysterious new endeavor, which is expected to go into production…
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Spotlight On The Stars: Keanu Reeves

No movie star is quite like Keanu Reeves. An A-lister who has a trio of franchises to his name, all of which have become or are in the process of becoming trilogies, he walks between worlds with ease. An action hero, but also a part of a beloved comedy franchise, Reeves doesn’t fit into any one particular box. With the release this weekend of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, now seemed like a perfect time to look at the actor. Reeves is a big star in Hollywood, though one who doesn’t do things quite like anyone else. He very much follows the beat of his own drummer. It’s certainly worked for him, as this spotlight today will highlight. Reeves got his start on television, though he quickly made the jump to film with Youngblood. Soon after came River’s Edge, along with his first high profile movie in Dangerous Liaisons.
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Watch: Alicia Vikander in Mike Mills' Musical Short 'I Am Easy to Find'

"Could she run forever?" When musicians and filmmakers collaborate and end up working in sync, we end up with something beautiful. I Am Easy to Find is a new short film / music video written and directed by the very talented filmmaker Mike Mills. This 24-minute B&W short film stars Alicia Vikander and captures an entire life in 164 moments. It's inspired by an "artsy fartsy French film" (which was not revealed) and became something greater once Mills started shooting. "Built on the fragmented style of memory-filled detours found in Beginners and 20th Century Women, Mills charts the entire life of Vikander's nameless character through these fleeting 164 moments." It's deeply moving to watch an entire life go by from start to finish in 24 minutes, and Vikander makes it all the more convincing.You can also watch this video with Mills' Directors' Commentary here for more context. Thanks to The Film Stage
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Red-Carpet Interview: Gene Siskel Film Center Honors Ethan Hawke

Chicago – Ethan Hawke has made 2018 his year, and on June 7th the Gene Siskel Film Center of Chicago recognized his recent artistic achievements and his career by honoring him with their annual Renaissance Award. The event included a Red Carpet walk, and an on-stage talk with his friend, actor Vincent D’Onofrio.

Ethan Hawke got high praise for his performance in writer/director Paul Schrader’s “First Reformed,” which was released in May. He portrays the minister of a Christian church that is losing its congregation, except for a young married couple who seeks his counsel. Hawke is also behind the camera as director for “Blaze,” a biography of country singer Blaze Foley, set for release in July.

Ethan Hawke, Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award Recipient, June 7, 2018

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck photo for

Hawke was born in Texas, but eventually relocated to New Jersey as a child.
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‘Poor Boy’ Trailer: Watch Michael Shannon as a World-Weary Rodeo Clown with Criminals for Sons

The outlandish debut feature from writer/producer Robert Scott Wildes, “Poor Boy,” debuted in the Viewpoints section of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, then disappeared back into the editing room. But thanks to distributor Indican Pictures (“The Boondock Saints”) — which acquired the feature at last month’s Cannes Film Market — theater-goers will soon be able to watch two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon’s turn as a dispirited rodeo clown.

In a supporting role, Shannon plays the father of the film’s thieving protagonists, Romeo/”Prickface” Griggs and Samson Griggs, residents of a boat in the middle of the desert. The wanted brothers loot everything from lawnmowers to cameras, and supplement their income by convincing people to bet on rigged volleyball games. To finance their dream of sailing to California, they seek out a mail-order bride for Samson, hoping she comes with an ample dowry. “Silicon Valley” cast member Amanda Crew plays
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Keanu Reeves Wants Tilda Swinton in John Wick 3

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Keanu Reeves Wants Tilda Swinton in John Wick 3
Lionsgate is already moving forward with John Wick Chapter 3, and now fans are wondering what new characters will come forth in this next installment, the final chapter in the John Wick trilogy. If Keanu Reeves has his way, it's possible that the actor will reunite with Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, who he starred with in Constantine and Thumbsucker, both released in 2005, although he only had scenes with her in Constantine. Here's what the actor had to say when asked if he'd like to bring Tilda Swinton on board for John Wick 3.

"You know, I had the chance to work with her, I was in two films with her, but had the chance to work with her once, I'm onboard with that. We run into each other once in a while socially out there in the world. She's a remarkable person and actress, so I'm all aboard with that!"

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Keanu Reeves Wants Tilda Swinton To Join Him For ‘John Wick 3’

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Keanu Reeves appeared in two movies with Tilda Swinton, and enjoyed the experience so much he’d love to co-star with her again in the upcoming “John Wick” sequel. Reeves and Swinton appeared together in “Constantine” and “Thumbsucker” — both of which were released in 2005 — and in an interview with People he expresses his enthusiasm […]
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Movie Review – 20th Century Women (2016)

20th Century Women, 2016.

Directed by Mike Mills.

Starring Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, Elle Fanning, Billy Crudup and Lucas Jade Zumann.


Three women explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s, as viewed through the eyes of a teenage boy.

It’s the end of the 70s, punk and skateboarding are in full swing, Jimmy Carter’s in The White House and 60 is far from being the new 40. It’s also the world inhabited by Dorothea (Annette Bening), her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) and the rest of their unconventional “family” set-up, inside the crumbling walls of their Santa Barbara house. And, while it may not sound like it, 20th Century Women is a coming of age story.

Inevitably, part of it is Jamie’s own story, maturing into a young adult, trying to understand the older people around him and dealing with his raging hormones.
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20th Century Women review – tiresomely smug coming-of-age yarn

Annette Bening gives a fine central performance but this kooky comedy suffers badly from unfocused direction and an unmistakable air of self-indulgence

With tender, personal movies such as Thumbsucker (2005) and Beginners (2010), director Mike Mills has tested taboos and shed light on family, identity and masculinity. His quirkily intimate work has always needed a certain level of indulgence and in the past I’ve been happy to give it. But 20th Century Women tests this tolerance to breaking point. Annette Bening is well cast, and gives a well judged performance, a variation on her uptight and self-questioning mom from American Beauty. However, the film is exasperatingly supercilious and smug – unfocused, self-consciously cute, nostalgic and empathetic, but never properly funny. It feels like someone else’s long therapy session.

The setting is Santa Monica, 1979, and Dorothea (Bening) is a fiftysomething single mother with bold progressive instincts. She is bringing up her teenage
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20th Century Women movie review: sometimes it’s hard to be a woman

MaryAnn’s quick take… Poignant and hilarious and wise, a melancholy ode to a moment when the world was changing for women (and men)… and how it still and always is. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Sex, some, though more awkwardness and regrets than action. Not much in the way of drugs; just some beer, oh, and lots of cigarettes; it has several points to make about cigarettes, actually. Rock ’n’ roll, definitely: an ongoing battle between punk and “art fag” music (think: Talking Heads).

Plenty of talk about women’s orgasms, which — hey! — 20th Century Women reminds us does not automatically fall under the Sex heading the way it does for men. And a scene around a dinner table in which menstruation and painful virginity-losing is discussed,
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20th Century Women: Mike Mills on Bringing a Personal Story to Life

After exploring a teenager’s odd obsession in Thumbsucker and helming the semi-autographical Beginners about his father coming out of the closet late in laugh, in his third narrative, Mike Mills returns to deeply personal material from his own life. 20th Century Women has been hailed as his best work yet and earned him an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay. The film is a coming of age tale about a teenage boy raised by three women from different generations in 1979 Santa Barbara. It’s a portrait of the city in a quieter, simpler time, as well as an ode to his steadfast mother […]
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’20th Century Women’ Soundtrack: Listen to the Expertly-Curated Early Punk Mix

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’20th Century Women’ Soundtrack: Listen to the Expertly-Curated Early Punk Mix
In Mike Mills’ new semi-autobiographical film “20th Century Women,” Annette Benning stars as Dorothea, a single mother who tries to help her son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) grow up with the help of her tenant Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and her neighbor Julie (Elle Fanning). Music plays a key role in the film as Dorothea tries to understand Jamie’s love of punk rock, and Abbie bonds with Jamie by going to punk clubs. Check out the soundtrack to the film below, featuring songs by Talking Heads, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Germs and Suicide.

Read More: ’20th Century Women’: How Mike Mills Empowered Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig

This is Mills’ third feature film. His second film “Beginners,” about a son’s (Ewan McGregor) relationship with his elderly father (Christopher Plummer) when he comes out as gay after his wife’s passing, was based on Mills’ own life story. The
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'20th Century Women' Review: Annette Bening Shines in Brilliant Mother-Son Drama

'20th Century Women' Review: Annette Bening Shines in Brilliant Mother-Son Drama
Annette Bening is simply glorious as one of the title characters in 20th Century Women. (Note to the Academy, make sure that Best Actress nomination happens.) She plays Dorothea Fields, a divorced mother facing enormous changes, social and personal, at the last summer of the 1970s. Specifically, she has a 15-year-old son to raise – that would be Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), with whom she shares a Santa Barbara boarding house that requires repair and renovation. She doesn't know how to guide Jamie through puberty. So she asks for help. One boarder – Abbie,
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The Lrm Interview: Talkin' 20th Century Women and Talking Heads with Director Mike Mills

While Mike Mills may not have been the most prolific filmmaker since adapting Walter Kirn’s Thumbsucker for his first feature in 2005, his ability to get great performances out of his casts is undeniable, especially after Christopher Plummer won an Oscar for his role in Mills’ Beginners in 2010.

Mills’ new film 20th Century Women comes from a similarly personal place as Beginners, as it follows the coming-of-age of 15-year-old Jamie (newcomer Lucas Jade Zumann), living in a house in California with his overprotective single mother (Annette Bening), and two boarders, Abbey and William, played by Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup, in 1979. At the behest of his mother, Abbey and Jamie’s best friend Julie (Elle Fanning) are coerced into helping Jamie learn what it’s like to be a man that’s sympathetic towards women.

It’s a really interesting take on a coming-of-age movie based a lot on Mills’ own teenage years,
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Movie Review: Mike Mills writes more memoir-in-montage with the intoxicating 20th Century Women

20th Century Women proves that Mike Mills is the real deal, that his previous success story was not a fluke but the announcement of an exciting new voice. Mills, who used to direct music videos and design album covers, broke into filmmaking with Thumbsucker, a terminally twee indie comedy, based on a novel but reminiscent of every suburban coming-of-age story ever to limp its way out of Sundance. The inauspicious anonymity of that first feature gave way to something much more distinctive, and affecting, with his second one, 2010’s autobiographical Beginners, in which Mills reinvented his style into a kind of diaristic collage—a mess of memories surrounding a particularly significant chapter of his life. It’s always a special thing to witness the exact moment when someone realizes the kind of artist they want to be.

In more ways than one, 20th Century Women builds off of its ...
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’20th Century Women’ Exclusive Featurette: Annette Bening and Mike Mills Discuss Inspirations of New Family Drama — Watch

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’20th Century Women’ Exclusive Featurette: Annette Bening and Mike Mills Discuss Inspirations of New Family Drama — Watch
Mike Mills’ latest film “20th Century Women” follows Dorothea (Annette Bening), a single mother who runs a boarding house in Southern California in 1979, who tries to raise her teenage son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) right. She enlists the help of tenant Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and the precocious Julie (Elle Fanning) to provide wisdom to the young Jamie so he can fly straight in a changing world. The film garnered critical acclaim since its late-year run on the festival circuit, with IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich claiming it’s “Mills’ best film” and the “most moving and mature of the four films he’s made to date.” Watch an exclusive featurette from the film below featuring Mills and Bening discussing the film and its origins at length.

Read More: ’20th Century Women’ Trailer: Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig Star in Mike Mills’ Latest Family Drama

Mills has previously directed two features and a documentary short: “Paperboys,
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Poignant New Trailer For Mike Mills Drama 20th Century Women Debuts

If there was one major takeaway from the Nyff reviews for 20th Century Women, it’s that while Mike Mills’ latest directorial effort isn’t without it’s flaws, the nostalgic ’70s drama harbors a potentially award-winning performance from Annette Bening.

She’ll lead an all-star cast in the upcoming picture as single mother Dorothea Fields, and can be seen alongside Greta Gerwig and The Neon Demon‘s Elle Fanning in today’s poignant new trailer. Together, that trio underpins Mills’ narrative, one which chronicles three generations of women who intermingle in 1970s Santa Barbara. A robust cast – Alien: Covenant‘s Billy Crudup and Lucas Jade Zumann also star – coupled with the film’s idyllic aesthetic have us cautiously optimistic for the Mike Mills drama. Indeed it marks the filmmaker’s third creative effort after Beginners and Thumbsucker, but the question remains: can 20th Century Women find an audience to
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’20th Century Women’ Trailer: Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig Star in Mike Mills’ Latest Family Drama

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’20th Century Women’ Trailer: Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig Star in Mike Mills’ Latest Family Drama
Mike Mills’ latest family drama “20th Century Women” garnered critical acclaim since its world premiere this past October. IndieWire’s own David Ehrlich says it’s Mills’ “best film” and that it’s “limpid, light, and beautifully remembered.” The film follows Dorothea Fields (Annette Bening), a determined single mother in her mid-50s who is raising her adolescent son, Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) in 1979, a moment brimming with cultural change and rebellion. Dorothea enlists the help of two younger women in Jamie’s upbringing – free spirited punk artist Abbie (Greta Gerwig), and savvy and provocative teenage neighbor Julie (Elle Fanning). Watch a new trailer for the film below.

Read More: ’20th Century Women’ Cements Annette Bening as Best Actress Frontrunner

This is Mills’ third feature film. His last film “Beginners,” about a man (Ewan McGregor) coming to terms with his elderly father’s (Christoher Plummer) terminal cancer diagnosis and homosexuality,
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Will This Be the Year Annette Bening Finally Wins an Oscar?

Annette Bening in 20th Century Women (Courtesy: Merrick Morton/A24)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Over the course of her career, Annette Bening has been nominated for four Oscars. That, of course, shouldn’t come as a surprise because this is one extremely talented lady. What might shock you, though, is that Bening has taken home zero of those coveted statuettes — but this could all change with her latest work: 20th Century Women.

Mike Mills (Beginners, Thumbsucker) returns with another work he both directed and wrote the screenplay for — and it has the distinction of holding its world premiere on October 8 at the 54th New York Film Festival as the Centerpiece film this year.

The movie is a comedy based in Santa Barbara in the late 1970s and is the story of three women — Bening as single Dorothea Fields, a single mother to teenaged son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann); Greta Gerwig as Abbie,
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Watch the teaser trailer for upcoming drama ’20th Century Women’

It will premiere at the New York Film Festival this October, and ahead of that, we have the official teaser trailer for the upcoming drama 20th Century Women.

Written and directed by Mike Mills (Beginners, Thumbsucker), the film stars Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right, American Beauty), Greta Gerwig (France Ha, Greenberg) and Elle Fanning (Maleficent, Super 8).

20th Century Women tells the story of three remarkable women, each from a different era of the 20th century, coming together to help teach a teenage boy about life and love, sex and freedom, men and women.

Set in Santa Barbara in the summer of 1979, filled with punk-rock verve, 20th Century Women takes a humorous and heartfelt look at how we figure out who we are. Take a look at the teaser trailer below.

20th Century Women will be released in 2017.

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