Belle Director Amma Asante Explains Why She Wanted Tell a Jane Austen Story With a Black Protagonist | Women and Hollywood

If I’m honest, I wanted to show a woman of color being loved. We don’t see it that often. I wanted to change the conversation a little bit, change the dialogue a little bit — we are loved, [and] we can be loved. Dido was valuable enough to be loved, she was worthy of being loved, and she was loved. Her challenge was showing people the right way to love her in the way that she needed to be.

"Is Amazon Studios the next Netflix? Not quite, but it’s not for lack of trying and some have already called them a Hollywood threat. Lots of stuff is cooking over there: the John Goodman-starring political comedy “Alpha House,” Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Barbarella;” even the “Zombieland” series may potentially land there. “World War Z” director Marc Forster’s “Hand Of God,” starring Ron Perlman, is also nearing an official pilot green light.

One more joins the fray, this one from “Barcelona” and “The Last Days Of Disco” filmmaker Whit Stillman. Titled “Cosmopolitan” (Stillman’s first film was “Metropolitan,” for those keeping score), Stillman will write, direct and executive produce, and the show will chronicle the loves and adventures of a group of young expatriates in Paris (Stillman spent plenty of time there during his “in the wilderness” period after going more than ten years between films; ‘Disco’ in 1998 and “Damsels in Distress” in 2011). It was also recently announced that Stillman would be working on a Jane Austen-inspired book titled, “Love & Friendship: An Adaptation of Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novella Concerning the Beautiful Lady Susan Vernon, Her Loves and Friendships, and the Strange Antagonism of the DeCourcy Family.”"

Whit Stillman Writing/Directing ‘Cosmopolitan’ For Amazon Studios; Moving His Jane Austen Movie Idea Into Novel Form | The Playlist

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THE SIMPSONS PAY TRIBUTE TO HAYAO MIYAZAKI

"I am ruined by whimsy!"

in this sunday’s episode, The Simpsons will pay tribute to legendary, recently retired animator Hayao Miyazaki. 

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CATBUS! I mean, Ottobus…

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gretchenalice:


I’m just terrible. At talking. With words.

Richard Ayoade for life. 

yes, please.

gretchenalice:

I’m just terrible. At talking. With words.

Richard Ayoade for life. 

yes, please.

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Somewhat related: did I tell you guys Linklater sat in front of me at a Forklift Danceworks performance about a month ago? My friend and I were all cool about it, but the woman next to me looked him up on Wikipedia on her phone, pointed to his picture, and said, “This is you, right?”

Then she started gushing to him about how much she loved Bernie

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""By my first episode of Parks and Rec, I’d watched several episodes, but not every single one," she recalled. "And my episode required Ron Swanson to eat a very large steak. So during the concept meeting, I said to the creator, ‘Would Nick Offerman be willing to eat such an enormous steak over and over again?’" And everyone looked at me like, ‘Have you ever seen this show?’" Turned out, not only did the character live for eating steak, but so did the actor. "So my ignorance showed," she laughed. "I feel like I should know every little detail, but I don’t even know if they cared that I asked that question. Maybe they laughed about it all night long. I don’t know!""

Nicole Holofcener on Directing TV vs. Movies — Vulture

New Nicole Holofcener movie tonight and Parks and Recreation returns tomorrow! This is a great week.

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