In 1973, the 55-year old Bobby Riggs (a former #1-ranked men’s tennis player) and 29-year old Billie Jean King (highly ranked on the women’s tennis circuit) played a match to see whether a man, even at his age, could beat a top flight woman player.
Battle of the Sexes is the story of both the match and the stories behind the scenes.
Battle of the Sexes will be in theaters on September 22nd.
The tale of a poor Jersey girl seeking success as a rapper, Patti Cake$ has been acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures for worldwide distribution.
The film, by first time writer/director Geremy Jasper, stars Australian actor Danielle Macdonald as aspiring rapper Patricia Dombrowski, a.k.a. Killa P, a.k.a. Patti Cake$. Cathy Moriarty plays her supportive grandmother.
The film was acquired at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will been released later this year. Details follow…
True Story is, oddly enough, based on a true story – Christian Longo murdered his family and disappeared. When he was captured, in Mexico, he was posing as a journalist named Mike Finkel. Mike Finkel was a New York Times reporter who was fired for fabricating the subject of an important story – and became the only person Longo would talk to.
Finkel’s book, True Story, detailed those conversations and was a bestseller. The film adapted from the book is intriguing, occasionally compelling but creates a distance between itself and its audience that it almost but not quite earns back.
Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a brilliant bombastic, bizarre skewering of: superhero movies, egocentric actors, actors’ insecurities, Broadway, Broadway critics, and pretty much all things entertainment.
The story of Riggan Thomson’s (Michael Keaton) effort to be taken seriously as an actor/director/playwright after having starred in three superhero movies twenty years ago – Birdman is directed as a continuous shot (which is difficult because the film takes place over a considerably longer period that its two-hour running time).
Drew Barrymore and Juno. That may be the first thought of a lot of people when they first think about Barrymore’s debut as a feature director, Whip It. Fortunately, Whip It is not Juno on roller skates [four-wheelers – remember them?]. The only connection between the two films is that Ellen Page gives dazzling performances in them.
Whip It is about a lot of things: families [natural and surrogate]; the exuberance of sports – and its importance, or lack of same, in our lives; independence from, but not losing the respect of one’s parents; feminism as an empowering of the individual rather than the emasculating of the other, and so on…
Max Mayer makes his mark as director in the new Fox Searchlight Picture ADAM, which opens in limited release in theatres July 29th in NY & LA and released in DC this weekend. I had the pleasure of chatting with Max to discuss his newfound movie.