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Berlin Review: Margaret Qualley & Sigourney Weaver Can’t Rescue the Saccharine My Salinger Year

Berlin Review: Margaret Qualley & Sigourney Weaver Can’t Rescue the Saccharine My Salinger Year
An aspiring twenty-something writer with a couple of poems in The Paris Review, Joanna’s just landed a gig at a New York-based literary agency. Working on other people’s manuscripts may not grant immediate access to the fabulous life of a published author, but at least it’s a foot in the industry. Plus, tiny it may be, Joanna’s agency is one of New York’s oldest, and boasts a slate of illustrious clients, including a man who by the mid-1990s–around when Philippe Falardeau’s My Salinger Year takes place–was possibly America’s last surviving Cult Author: J.D. “Jerry” Salinger, famed for penning The Catcher in Rye in the early 1950s, and for fleeing public life shortly thereafter. Sure, Joanna has most certainly heard of the man’s name, but hasn’t read a single one of his works, nor does she seem too preoccupied with plugging the gap.
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‘My Salinger Year’ review: Dir. Philippe Falardeau (2020) [Berlinale]

‘My Salinger Year’ review: Dir. Philippe Falardeau (2020) [Berlinale]
The wonderful Margaret Qualley confirms that she has well and truly arrived as one of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars in this completely absorbing true story of an aspiring writer who takes an office job within the agency representing legendary ‘Catcher in the Rye’ author J.D. Salinger.

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My Salinger Year sees Qualley play the lead as Joanna Rakoff, a twenty-something in 1995 New York who, fresh out of college, manages to bag a job at a literary agency, one that looks after or has looked after, the interests of the likes of Dylan Thomas, Agatha Christie and J.D. Salinger, the author of the likes of ‘Catcher in the Rye’ and ‘Franny and Zooey‘. While her stay in New York was originally set to last just a few days, Rakoff sees herself settle in for much longer, staying the spare room of a friend before getting
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‘My Salinger Year’: Film Review

  • Variety
A writer writes, but there’s no evidence that Joanna Rakoff can even type when she takes the job as an assistant working for literary agent Phyllis Westberg in “My Salinger Year.” Because Rakoff went on to pen a book-length memoir about her time working for Westberg, who represented reclusive writer J.D. Salinger, we can rest assured that she eventually achieved her goal, but her story is less like Lauren Weisberger’s novelized “The Devil Wears Prada” than it is Truman Capote’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” which is to say, , played here by Margaret Qualley.

In late 1995, Joanna Rakoff landed a job for which countless readers would kill: She found herself in the position to answer a phone and hear, on occasion, Salinger’s voice on the other end. At times, this notorious hermit and presumed curmudgeon would proactively express curiosity about her, offering unsolicited advice on writing (“Don’t get stuck answering the phone.
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‘My Salinger Year’ Review: Margaret Qualley in Half-Hearted Twist on ‘The Devil Wears Prada’

‘My Salinger Year’ Review: Margaret Qualley in Half-Hearted Twist on ‘The Devil Wears Prada’
A recluse who coasted on the legacy of his slim output for decades, J.D. Salinger holds more allure as a mystery than as he does as a man. As a result, his legacy has birthed its own investigative genre, one epitomized by Joanna Rakoff’s acclaimed 2014 memoir “My Salinger Year.” Rakoff’s post-grad experiences as a wide-eyed twentysomething assistant to Salinger’s literary agent brought her close enough to the fabled novelist to answer his fan mail and exchange pleasantries with him on the phone, all while coming of age against the backdrop of the mid-‘90s New York youth culture.

Quebecois director Philippe Falardeau’s faithful adaptation of that story works overtime to inhabit the earnest nature of Rakoff’s ambition, with a warm Margaret Qualley performance imbuing the sincere narrative with some measure of soul. But , as if trapped between the character’s genuine experiences and her idealized
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Berlin Film Festival To Open With ‘My Salinger Year’ Starring Sigourney Weaver & Margaret Qualley

  • Deadline
Berlin Film Festival To Open With ‘My Salinger Year’ Starring Sigourney Weaver & Margaret Qualley
The Berlinale Special Gala of My Salinger Year by writer-director Philippe Falardeau will open the 70th Berlin Film Festival on February 20, 2020 at the Berlinale Palast.

Three-time Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood actress Margaret Qualley and Mary Shelley actor Douglas Booth star in the Canadian-Irish co-production about a college grad (Qualley) who takes a clerical job working for the literary agent (Weaver) of the renowned, reclusive writer J.D. Salinger, author of Catcher In The Rye. The film is based on the novel of the same name by U.S. author Joanna Rakoff.

Pic was produced by micro_scope (Canada) and Parallel Films (Ireland). Memento Films International handles international sales and UTA handles U.S. sales.

Berlin artistic director Carlo Chatrian said, “We are delighted to open the 70th edition of the festival with a coming-of-age story that takes the viewpoint of the protagonist who has a fresh perspective,
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'My Salinger Year' to Open Berlin Film Festival

'My Salinger Year' to Open Berlin Film Festival
My Salinger Year, a literary drama starring Margaret Qualley and Sigourney Weaver, will open the 70th Berlin International Film Festival.

The drama, from director Philippe Falardeau, stars Qualley as an aspiring poet working as an assistant to literary agent Margaret (Sigourney Weaver). Qualley's main job is to answer fan mail directed to the agency's top writer, the notoriously secretive J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher in the Rye. Douglas Booth (The Dirt) co-stars.

The film, based on the novel of the same name by Joanna Rakoff, will have its world premiere out-of-competition in Berlin.

“We are delighted to ...
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #33. My Salinger Year – Philippe Falardeau

My Salinger Year

Quebec’s Philippe Falardeau will unleash his highest profile project to date next year with My Salinger Year, an adaptation of Joanna Rakoff’s 2014 memoir. Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley headline, while Douglas Booth, Colm Feore and Théodore Pellerin are among the supporting cast members. Lensed by Sara Mishara (of Maxime Giroux’s Felix & Meira and The Great Darkened Days), the project was produced by micro_scope’s Luc Dery and Kim McCraw with Ruth Coady and Susan Mullen. Falardeau’s breakout was 2011’s Monsieur Lazhar, which premiered in Locarno and went on to nab an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.…
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2020: #51. The Last Planet – Terrence Malick

The Last Planet

In all likelihood, we’re perhaps being wishful thinkers suggesting Terrence Malick will be unveiling his next project, The Last Planet only a year after the long-gestating A Hidden Life was finally unveiled in 2019. Scant details have been revealed about financing, but Malick has reunited with Hidden Life Dp Jorg Widmer and his cast consists of Geza Rohrig, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mark Rylance, Aidan Turner, Joseph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Douglas Booth, Tawfeek Barhom, Martin McCann, Ori Pfeffer, Shadi Mar’i, Makram Khoury, Numan Acar, Emilio De Marchi, Bjorn Thors, Alfonso Postiglione and Lorenzo Gioielli.…
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Terrence Malick Discusses ‘A Hidden Life’ and ‘The Last Planet’ at the Vatican

Outside of a few interviews around the time of Badlands, Terrence Malick has stayed out of the press spotlight, only re-appearing recently for a talk before the shooting of A Hidden Life and then for the SXSW premiere of Song to Song, as well as appearing at the Cannes premiere of his new work. He’s now, fittingly, ventured to the most holy of places–the Vatican, specifically to their Filmoteca–for a screening of his latest film. While there, he shared a few words about his WWII feature and his next film, the Biblical drama The Last Planet.

“Franz [Jägerstätter, played by August Diehl] is a martyr, because he chose to be faithful to his conscience,” Malick said of A Hidden Life, as reported by La Repubblica via One Big Soul. “As his father-in-law says in the film, it’s better to be a victim of injustice than to perpetuate an injustice.
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‘The Hobbit’ & ‘Poldark’ Star Aidan Turner Joins Terrence Malick’s Under-The-Radar Life Of Christ Movie

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‘The Hobbit’ & ‘Poldark’ Star Aidan Turner Joins Terrence Malick’s Under-The-Radar Life Of Christ Movie
Exclusive: The Hobbit and Poldark star Aidan Turner is the latest name to join Terrence Malick’s starry, under-the-radar life of Christ movie The Last Planet. Turner will play the Apostle Andrew.

Snippets have been seeping out over the last few months about the project, which will tell the story of Christ’s life through a series of parables. Pic has been shooting in Italy.

Son of Saul star Geza Rohrig will play Jesus, Matthias Schoenaerts will portray Apostle Peter, and Mark Rylance will be Satan. We understand the cast also includes Joseph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Douglas Booth, Tawfeek Barhom, Martin McCann, Ori Pfeffer, Shadi Mar’i, Makram Khoury, Numan Acar, Emilio De Marchi, Bjorn Thors, Alfonso Postiglione and Lorenzo Gioielli.

Speaking at the Deauville film festival this month, Rylance told the Guardian, “Terry wrote four versions of the character of Satan and I thought I would play only one.
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Reframe Rise — Career Acceleration Leads to Commerical Features and High Profile TV for Female…

Reframe Rise — Career Acceleration Leads to Commerical Features and High Profile TV for Female DirectorsThe Inaugural Class of ReFrame Rise Directors Announced at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala in June.

Hulu Signs on as ReFrame Rise Co-Sponsor

ReFrame™, a collaborative initiative of Women I Film La and Sundance Institute, announced the inaugural class of ReFrame Rise™ directors at the 2019 Women In Film Annual Gala on June 12 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The inaugural class of ReFrame Rise directors include Desiree Akhavan, Haifaa al-Mansour, Patricia Cardoso, Hanelle Culpepper, Sydney Freeland, Zetna Fuentes, Tina Mabry and Meera Menon.

ReFrame Rise is a comprehensive and customized 2-year sponsorship that provides endorsement and support to accelerate high-level sustainable careers for experienced female directors who are poised to lead studio and independent features, pilots, and episodic television across all platforms.

During the Women In Film Annual Gala, actor, director, and producer, Kyra Sedgwick, introduced
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Photographic Proof That Charles and Camilla Had More Fun Than You Last Night

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Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall definitely looked like they were having fun on Thursday night as they hosted a special reception ahead of the star-studded Elephant Family Animal Ball. The event raises funds for the wildlife foundation Elephant Family, which was founded by Camilla's brother, Mark Shand, so it is a cause that's particularly close to the duchess's heart, and she and her animal-loving husband were at the heart of the fun as they posed alongside the life-sized elephant statues that had been placed in the grounds of Clarence House.

Related: The Sweetest Things Prince Charles and Camilla Have Said About Each Other

During the event, attendees wore glamorous designer masks that depicted various animals, and Charles and Camilla were no exception, sporting bejeweled tiger masks by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who was also a guest at the reception. The royal couple mingled with a crowd made up of plenty of other famous faces,
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Sigourney Weaver Starrer ‘My Salinger Year’ Pre-Sells to Major Territories for Memento (Exclusive)

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Sigourney Weaver Starrer ‘My Salinger Year’ Pre-Sells to Major Territories for Memento (Exclusive)
Memento Films Intl. has inked a raft of strong pre-sales on Philippe Falardeau’s “My Salinger Year,” the big-screen adaptation of Joanna Rakoff’s international bestseller that will star Sigourney Weaver and Margaret Qualley (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”).

Set to start shooting May 23, “My Salinger Year” has pre-sold to Spain (A Contracorriente), Latin America (Cinepolis), the U.K. (Thunderbird), Benelux (Paradiso Filmed Entertainment), Japan (Ccc), Portugal (Outsider), Greece and Cyprus (Spentzos), Bulgaria (Btv Media Group), the former Yugoslavia (Dexin), Hungary (Hungaricom), China (Huanxi Media), South Korea (Jin Jin Pictures), Taiwan (Catchplay), the Middle East (Falcon Film) and global airlines (Entertainment in Motion).

Falardeau, whose credits include the Oscar-nominated film “Monsieur Lazhar,” wrote the big-screen adaptation of the memoir and will direct the film. “My Salinger Year” takes place in New York in the 1990s and follows Joanna (Qualley), who leaves graduate school to pursue her dream of becoming
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Ozzy Osbourne Lapping Up Nikki Sixx's Pee in The Dirt Isn't a Fabrication - It Happened

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Ozzy Osbourne Lapping Up Nikki Sixx's Pee in The Dirt Isn't a Fabrication - It Happened
If you thought Bohemian Rhapsody was wild, then you need to check out The Dirt, the latest rock band biopic that just premiered on Netflix. Based on Mötley Crüe's bestselling 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, this long-awaited biopic follows the story of the heavy metal band's rise from obscurity to super stardom and international fame during the course of the 1980s, and it's as insane as you would imagine.

The book boasts some of the grittiest and most disturbing tales of drugs, alcohol, and groupies that you could imagine - for instance, Vince Neil really did crash his car, and believe it or not, Nikki Sixx's overdose was even worse than the movie portrays. But here's one thing that people seriously can't believe is true: did Ozzy Osbourne really drink Nikki Sixx's urine? We're sorry to say that yes, that really did happen,
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‘The Dirt’ Review (Netflix)

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Stars: Machine Gun Kelly, Douglas Booth, Daniel Webber, Iwan Rheon, Alyssa Marie Stilwell, Matthew Underwood, Kathryn Morris, Vince Mattis, Courtney Dietz | Written by Amanda Adelson, Rich Wilkes | Directed by Jeff Tremaine

The Dirt, directed by Jackass alumni Jeff Tremaine, is your ultra-conventional biopic that charts the rise, fall and ultimately rise again of cult status glam rock band Mötley Crüe. Tremaine’s film and his first outside of the realm of directing Knoxville and the likes starts as it means to go on, with poorly injected energy, a terrible introductory voiceover and deeply troubling misogynistic undertones.

If you can make it through the ten introductory minutes of The Dirt you can probably achieve anything in life. I’m serious when I say that if it doesn’t turn your stomach or make you blush, feel free to dive into A Serbian Film, In the Realm of the Senses or any
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‘The Dirt’ Review: Too Fast for Love — and Facts, Fans, Fun

‘The Dirt’ Review: Too Fast for Love — and Facts, Fans, Fun
Are you fucking kidding me?!

You probably uttered this statement in awe at least a few times, dear readers of The Dirt, when you picked up Motley Crue’s 2001 memoir about their life and times as world-class degenerates. Less a biography than a police rap sheet in book form, it’s the sort of glorious backstage tell-all that makes you feel like you can’t turn the pages fast enough; only Hammer of the Gods can compete with it as the ultimate tale of rock stars outdoing Roman emperors in terms of debauchery.
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Movie Review – The Dirt (2019)

The Dirt, 2019.

Directed by Jeff Tremaine.

Starring Douglas Booth, Colson Baker, Daniel Webber, Iwan Rheon, Pete Davidson and David Costabile.

Synopsis:

The story of how Mötley Crüe came to be one of the most notorious rock ‘n roll groups in history.

It’s all-too-inevitable that, in the wake of Bohemian Rhapsody‘s commercial and awards success – to say nothing of its more tepid critical response – we’re going to see a glut of dubiously “necessary” musical biopics over the coming years.

And while the allure of a probing, gritty examination of the forces that make a band tick speaks for itself, it’s easy to fear the Queen biopic’s successful “Wikipedia-page-as-movie” formula being widely adopted by both studios and bands keen to sell their stories, resulting in homogenised, blandly efficient filmmaking at best.

To that end it’s somewhat surprising to learn that Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt
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“The Dirt” Is As Nasty As Its Namesake

Usually, biopics like to focus on prestigious figures. Artists, musicians, politicians, basically historical individuals of all stripes. Every so often, however, a film seeks to look at a horse of a different color. That can be a breath of fresh air, seeing a cinematic depiction of an unusual public figure or figures. Unfortunately, in the case of The Dirt, this biopic is complete and utter trash. We live in divided times, but hopefully cinema fans of all shapes and sizes, let alone political affiliations, can come together and realize how terrible this flick is. Dirt is an apt description of this one, and that’s putting it mildly. The movie is a biopic about the band Mötley Crüe. Based on an autobiography written by the band members, this claims to be “an unflinching tale of success and excess as four misfits rise from the streets of Hollywood to the heights of international fame.
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Film Review: ‘The Dirt’

  • Variety
Film Review: ‘The Dirt’
A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm of vintage American catch-phrase banality, like “How’s that workin’ out for you?” And “The Dirt,” the new Netflix rock biopic about the sordid, squalid saga of Mötley Crüe, the royal hair-metal sleaze gods of the ’80s and ’90s, is a movie that reflects the new harmless status of that phrase.

The Dirt” boils over with sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, whether it’s Vince Neil (Daniel Webber), the snaky leader singer of Mötley Crüe, acting like a horny jackrabbit as he enjoys a backstage boink with every woman who comes near him,
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Review: The Dirt

  • JoBlo
Plot: The hedonistic, true story of Mötley Crüe– Vince Neil (Daniel Webber), Nikki Sixx (Douglas Booth), Tommy Lee (Machine Gun Kelly) and Mick Mars (Iwan Rheon) – from their early days as L.A rockers to the height of their fame as worldwide superstars. Review: For the longest time, I assumed no one would ever be able to turn the Mötley Crüe memoir, “The Dirt” (co-written by “The Game”’s Neil…
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