'The focus doesn't need to be on the bad men anymore,' Kitty Green said at a festival press conference on Sunday as she promotes her Harvey Weinstein-inspired drama that stars Julia Garner.
The Assistant director Kitty Green on Sunday called for men to no longer dominate the media and film industry narrative around the #MeToo movement.
'We really need to center women in these narratives. The focus doesn't need to be on the bad men anymore. Let's talk about women and the issues we're facing,' Green told a Berlin Film Festival press conference while promoting the European premiere of her Harvey Weinstein-inspired film.
As the media focuses on Weinstein, Jeffrey Epstein and other alleged sexual predators in the #MeToo era, Green's The Assistant focuses on the experience of women in toxic workplaces. The Bleecker Street release deliberately follows Jane, played by Julia Garner, a recent college graduate who lands her dream job as a junior assistant to a powerful entertainment mogul.
As Jane follows her daily routine, she becomes increasingly aware of the abuse that takes place in every aspect of her workday. Green said as she did her research for The Assistant and spoke to around 100 women, many of whom worked in the film industry, she noticed the stories of sexual assault survivors sharing their experiences of toxic workplace environments was rarely seen or heard in media accounts.
'I was looking at all of the #MeToo coverage and it seemed to focus on the predators, on the men, and I was little upset on not focusing on how we can get more women into positions of power. I was looking to do something that examined more cultural, systemic problems,' she explained.
After debuting at Telluride last year and playing other festivals, The Assistant hit theaters on Jan. 31, 2020 and arrives in Berlin just as the Harvey Weinstein trial in New York City heads towards a verdict amid jury deliberations. 'I really just hope the survivors get the legal justice they deserve. We'll see what happens,' Green said.
And despite releasing a movie of the moment, Green said financing The Assistant was difficult as it doesn't flatter the film industry with its under-stated portrayal of toxic workplaces. 'They always say Hollywood likes films about itself. This one wasn't the one,' she said.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
Since everyone is staying home to self-quarantine during the spread of coronavirus, video games have seen a significant increase in use as people turn to other forms of entertainment beyond streaming movies and TV at home. And if you’re a Predator fan, you’re about to have a fun weekend with a sneak preview of the upcoming multiplayer video game based on the classic film starring Arnold Schwarzegger and one ugly motherfucker.
Predator: Hunting Grounds is an upcoming shooter video game where players are either part of an elite team of soldiers trying to complete a mission or a Predator trying to hunt them down. Each side has unique weapons helping them in the battle. Two new Predator: Hunting Grounds trailers have just been released, showcasing each side of the battle that will undoubtedly make the jungle a little bloodier when all is said and done.Predator: Hunting Grounds Trailer – Fireteam
Here’s what’s in store for players if they end up on the fireteam:
Be a member of a Fireteam of elite paramilitary soldiers, the best there is. Complete challenging missions at all costs and come back home alive. No matter what the mission, be smart, work together and “get to the chopper!”. Be warned. Something is hunting you.
Not unlike Call of Duty and other shooters, the game features different classes and weapon loadouts that players can choose in order to more effectively complete missions against heavily armed forces in the jungles of South America. You’ll be tasked with missions like taking down drug lords or shutting down links to local bases. It’s not remarkably different from any other military game you’ve played before, except for one thing…Predator: Hunting Grounds Trailer – Predator
The Predator’s mission is clear: The Hunt. Study the warriors in the jungle and choose the best of the best to engage. Dispatch your targets and collect trophies to display as tokens of each hunt. Do not let your prey escape. Failure is not an option.
Even though the odds are much greater that you’ll be playing a member of the fireteam in Predator: Hunting Grounds, everyone will want to be the Predator. When controlling the Predator, your task will be to take out the fireteam and prevent them from completing their mission.
As the Predator, you’ll be equipped with weapons like a plasma caster, wrist blades, and a combistick. Plus, you’ll be able to unlock more deadly weapons such as the smart disc with a guidance system you control to take down multiple enemies in one shot, and the Yautja bow and arrow. Oh, and you wouldn’t be the Predator without the ability to move stealthily and camouflage yourself with a cloaking device
If you’re interesting in checking out Predator: Hunting Grounds, there’s a...
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: