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Craig William Macneill, who made his directorial debut with last year’s horror thriller The Boy, will direct Lizzie Borden, a psychological thriller based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family.
Chloe Sevigny, who is in Cannes with her short film Kitty, which is premiering in the Critics Week, and Kristen Stewart, also in Cannes with two films, are attached to star in Lizzie Borden, as The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported. The story centers on the true events that led up to the grisly ax murders of Borden’s father and stepmother in Massachusetts.
Sevigny will play the titular character, a young woman who longs for freedom from her controlling father. She finds friendship with a young maid named Bridget (Stewart), and their relationship soon escalates to attraction, love and bloody vengeance.
Borden was tried and acquitted for the murder of her parents, and no one else was ever charged.
Bryce Kass wrote the script for Lizzie Borden, which Naomi Despres is producing. The Solution’s Lisa Wilson and Josh Deitell are selling foreign rights in Cannes and WME is handling domestic.
Pieter Van Hees, who previously was attached to direct, exited for scheduling reasons. Macneill made his feature film directorial debut was The Boy, which premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and was released by Chiller. He also is directing the series SyFy’s Channel Zero: Candle Cove, as well as the remainder of the first season. Macneill is repped by WME and Gotham Group.
“Craig has the perfect vision for the film that is centered around the complicated relationship between two powerful women,” said The Solution’s Myles Nestel. “He knows how to unravel the many psychological layers and seemingly fragile character of the infamous Lizzie Borden who is driven to commit a hideous murder.”
“She cut that Chanel T-shirt herself. It was her idea,” Pica said of the white-on-white skirt-and-shirt ensemble Stewart wore to a photo call for Allen’s new movie, in which she costars with Blake Lively and Jesse Eisenberg. (True to form, Stewart removed her black-and-white pumps promptly after it was over.)
“I think the way Kristen approaches glamour and being a movie star is really refreshing,” Pica added hours later while prepping Stewart for the film’s evening premiere. The actress, too, was uncharacteristically excited. “I really love this particular red carpet,” Stewart said as Abergel texturized her newly peroxided cropped hair before fashioning it into a deep side part. “I know that sounds obvious, but I don’t get that impending doom feeling in my gut. I’m really elated to be here—and we all want to annihilate this look.” Mission accomplished. Here, Stewart, Abergel, and Pica break down Stewart’s one part Old Hollywood, one part “Gwen Stefani in the ’90s” beauty moment, live from Cannes.
The Café Society actress opens up about why she chooses to remain vague about her sexual orientation in the debut issue of Variety Magazine’s new redesigned format.
“Me not defining it right now is the whole basis of what I’m about,” she says. “If you don’t get it, I don’t have time for you.”
The actress, 26, says she’s been inspired by the way young people are able to love and view each other without labels.
“There’s acceptance that’s become really rampant and cool,” she said. “You don’t have to immediately know how to define yourself.”
Though she admits she struggled with the pressure to put a label on her herself while growing up, Stewart says she now believes in the idea of sexual fluidity.
“I had to have some answer about who I was. I felt this weird responsibility, because I didn’t want to seem fearful. But nothing seemed appropriate,” she explained. “So I was like ‘F—, how do I define that? I’m not going to.”
And while she says the LGBT movement is “so important” and something she wants to be involved in, she’s careful not to send the wrong message to people who might be struggling with their own sexuality.
“I didn’t want to be this example: it’s so easy,” she explains. “I don’t want it to seem like it was stupid for them to have a hard time.”
div align=”justify”>2016, the year of Kristen Stewart with five movies announced including Woody Allen’s new one, opening the Cannes Film Festival. Choices that say who the American actress and Chanel muse is. A young woman who – from look to sexuality – masters the codes of her time and knows how to plays with them without limiting herself by doing so.
Kristen Stewart knows what she wants: to not be bored and for no one to fuck with her. She don’t say it that way, but still said it. As her romance with the singer Soko fills the columns of the tabloids, she’s in a very alert mood. It’s 10am in Los Angeles, 7pm in Paris, the voice of the very beautiful Chanel muse turns the phone call into some bumpy ride. A rough journey, that’s worth the effort. Kristen Stewart is rock’n’roll. Smart, clear-headed, wild, she acts like she breathes. In the short film ‘Once and Forever’, real-fake shooting done in 2015 by Karl Lagerfeld, she was a young bratty actress portraying Gabrielle Chanel. Muse of the fashion designer since already two years, Kristen has the (pretty) world at her feet. Woody Allen gave her the main feminine role in ‘Café Society’, which will open the Cannes Film Festival. Olivier Assayas shot her in ‘Personal Shopper’, two years after ‘Clouds of Sils Maria’, which led her, big first, to win the César for Best Supporting Actress. Twilight is far behind. The baby star has become an American figure that we love, an arty muse who plays the game. Her own.
The Café Society actress is joining R29’s ShatterBox Anthology, which has committed to bringing short films from 12 female directors, writers and animators that explore the dynamic of power. The first project to result from the ethnology is Chloe Sevigny’s Kitty, which will premiere at Cannes. Stewart’s project is currently titled Water. Few other details have been released.
“It’s women training women to be directors for VR series,” says R29 content chief Amy Emmerich, explaining that it’s a way to create more opportunities for female filmmakers through a new medium. “We wanted to get women behind the lens.”
Variety : Refinery29 has inked pacts with Kristen Stewart, Gabourey Sidibe and America Ferrera to produce original programming as part of the women-focused digital media company’s new content slate.
The company announced the partnerships and unveiled more than a dozen original series at its Digital Content NewFronts presentation Monday evening. Refinery29 also announced the launch of VR29 Studios, a virtual-reality production studio, along with two dedicated YouTube channels — comedy channel RIOT and Brawlers, covering women in sports — as well as programming queued up for Facebook Live and Instagram.
Actresses Kristen Stewart (“Twilight” movies) and Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”) will make their directorial debuts with short films for Refinery29’s ShatterBox Anthology; Stewart’s is currently titled “Water” and Sidibe’s is “A Tale of Four Women.”
“We are proud to be collaborating with award-winning talent to create a slate of female-focused content that showcases what it is to be powerful in a nontraditional way,” said Amy Emmerich, chief content officer at Refinery29.
The Wrap : A series featuring 12 engaging and inspiring short-form original scripted films created by female directors, writers, and animators that will explore the dynamics of power. The series provides the women with creative support from Women at Sundance, as well as advisory support from Killer Films’ founders Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler. A selection of ShatterBox Anthology films will also be distributed through Comcast Watchable, in addition to running monthly on Refinery29 beginning in summer 2016.
Announced today, actress Kristen Stewart will make her directorial debut as a filmmaker with a short film currently titled Water, and actress Gabourey Sidibe will make her directorial debut with a short film currently titled A Tale of Four Women. Additional filmmakers in the ShatterBox Anthology include: Academy Award nominee Jessica Sanders, Tribeca Film Festival Nora Ephron Prize winner Meera Menon, Webby Award founder and Emmy nominee Tiffany Shlain, Courtney Hoffman, Jessica Dimmock, Robin Cloud, Roja Gashtili, Julia Lerman, and Anu Valia. The first film debut backed by ShatterBox Anthology, Kitty, which is Chloë Sevigny’s directorial debut, will premiere at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Woody Allen’s latest film, Cafe Society, will be featured during the Opening Night Gala of the 2016 Seattle International Film Festival.
Cafe Society stars Jesse Eisenberg as a young man who arrives in Hollywood from New York during the 1930s and finds himself swept up in the cafe society of the age. Kristen Stewart, Steve Carell, Parker Posey and Blake Lively also star.
“Woody Allen delivers a delightful, vibrant and entertaining tale that continues to expand his repertory of acting talent. Combining the power of SIFF, which boasts the largest audience of any film festival in the country, with an emerging Seattle-based film distribution powerhouse that firmly believes in the theatrical experience, along with one of our most acclaimed directors, is a perfect match,” said festival director Carl Spence.
Cafe Society will have its premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival in May.
The film is being distributed by Amazon. The Seattle-based company has six titles at the festival, including Author: The JT LeRoy Story, The Dressmaker and Gleason.
The 42nd Seattle International Film Festival will run from May 19 to June 12.
Woody Allen's CAFE SOCIETY opens in NYC on July 15. pic.twitter.com/FbYOlzLAPK
— Lou Lumenick (@LouLumenick) 14 avril 2016
The Hollywood Reporter : Just hours after learning that five of its films will play the Cannes Film Festival, Roy Price’s Amazon Studios revealed in Las Vegas that the streaming service is teaming with Lionsgate to release Woody Allen’s Cafe Society — which opens the festival — in theaters in August.
Price, speaking at CinemaCon, also made it clear the streaming service will give most of its original movies a proper theatrical release, unlike rival Netflix.
“A good robust theatrical run is good for everyone,” Price told the crowd, prompting several rounds of applause. “Therefore, almost all of our films will have full theatrical releases. Our goals are aligned with exhibition.”
Amazon Studios marketing Bob Berney led the lunch presentation. It’s a coup that Amazon was part of the official program at CinemaCon, considering many exhibitors have been leery about Netflix and Amazon’s move into the original movie business. However, Amazon has quickly decided that it’s better for their films to play first in theaters and honor the 90-day window before making them available to Amazon Prime customers. Otherwise, most theaters will refuse to play the movies at all.