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“I lost a lot of friends when I did Inglourious Basterds.”

Read: Mélanie Laurent talks practicing the art of cinematic catharsis in her second directorial outing, Breathe, a bruising drama about a poisonous female friendship.


Cannes Wishlist:

20 films I’d like to see play at Cannes 2015 - Part 1

The 33 - Patricia Riggen, Chile | USA

Riggen directs this star-studded biopic based on the 2010 Copiapó mining accident which saw 33 miners trapped underground for 69 days.

Beeba Boys - Deepa Mehta, Canada

Mehta, one of Canada’s most acclaimed auteurs has a long history with TIFF, but it would be great to see the filmmaker nab a spot at Cannes with her latest film about second and third generation Indian-Canadian gangsters.  

La belle saison - Catherine Corsini, France

Two of Corsini`s previous films have played at Cannes so there’s a strong possibility her latest, about two women, played by Cécile de France and Izïa Higelin, who begin a love affair in the early 70s, could as well. 

Burn Burn Burn - Chanya Button, UK

Burn Burn Burn is Button’s debut film, but its already garnered buzz for its comedic script. Laura Carmichael and Chloe Pirrie star as two women who embark on a roadtrip to scatter their friend`s ashes.  

By the Sea - Angelina Jolie, USA

Cannes loves its American stars, and no one is a bigger star than Angelina Jolie who cast herself alongside her real life husband Brad Pitt in this intimate European drama about a bored husband and wife who become obsessed with a younger couple.

Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4


15 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015* 


American Honey, Andrea Arnold, UK/USA

Expect Oscar winner and perennial Cannes favourite Arnold to show up at the festival once more in 2015 with American Honey. Her first film to be shot in the U.S. follows a wild teen who travels across the country one summer following in the footsteps of a bunch of delinquent door-to-door sales kids.

Beeba Boys, Deepa Mehta, Canada

One of Canada’s most celebrated directors, Mehta’s latest project is new territory for her: a biopic on Indo-Canadian Bindy Johal, a B.C. gangster and drug trafficker. While the film already has distribution from Mongrel Media it seems like a likely bet it’ll show up at TIFF, where Mehta has deep roots, first.

By the Sea, Angelina Jolie, USA

Jolie’s third feature film is said to be an intimate European drama set in the 70s, about a disaffected married couple (played by Jolie and her real life husband Brad Pitt) who become obsessed with their neighbours.

Day Out of Days Zoe R. Cassavetes, USA

Cassavetes first film since her 2007 debut Broken English follows an unknown middle-aged actress (the star of her first short Men Make Women Crazy Theory, Alexia Landeau) as she tries to hack it in Hollywood. 

The  Dressmaker

Australian director Jocelyn Moorhouse helms her first feature film in 18 years with The Dressmaker, in which Kate Winslet plays a fashion designer who returns to her small backwater Australian hometown in order to get revenge on those who wronged her. 

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*List does not include 2014 festival releases that will be distributed in 2015.

spawnartisticdirections  asked:

Hi, I didn't know Barbara Streisand was a director until reading your blog just now. How many everyday female celebrities in other fields (like Madonna I do know, but I might have missed some) also directed movies? Full length ones preferably?

That’s an interesting question. Actually I find that women directors who attained success in another field and then moved on to directing is way more common then women that came out of film school (though that is slowly changing).

Obviously the most common celebrities who make the transition into directing are actresses. Some of the most high-profile actress turned directors I can think of are Angelina Jolie, Jodie Foster, Natalie Portman, Mélanie Laurent, Sarah Polley, Julie Delpy, Elizabeth Banks, Ida Lupino, Penny Marshall and Drew Barrymore. Though of course there are many actresses who weren’t that famous but became directors later like Maïwenn, Amma Asante, Kasi Lemmons, Marielle Heller etc. I don’t know whether to call Sofia Coppola a well-known or an unknown actress, but she worked as an actress in her father’s movies and was basically a socialite before she turned to directing.

I’m not sure if these women qualify as celebrities to you as they’re not on the level of Streisand and Madonna but they were all very famous in these fields before they turned to directing:

Marguerite Duras (novelist)
Marjane Satrapi (graphic novelist)
Nora Ephron (journalist/Oscar nominated screenwriter/producer)
Nancy Meyers (Oscar nominated screenwriter/producer)
Diablo Cody (Oscar winning screenwriter)
Sam Taylor-Johnson (photographer)
Elaine May (Comedian)
Joan Rivers (Comedian)
Beyoncé Knowles (Singer)* no feature film but she co-directed Lemonade
Tara Subkoff (Imitation of Christ clothing designer)
Laura & Kate Mulleavy (Rodarte clothing designers)

Hope this helps! 

Our Cabinet Ministers

In the spirit if providing important information and also of goofing off when I should be doing housework, I present our new cabinet, grouped according to completely subjective categories regarding their particular brand of attractiveness.

Badass Broad Squad

  • Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue
  • Hon. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
  • Hon. Patty Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women

Cheeks Of A Cherub

  • Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions
  • Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
  • Hon. Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance
  • Hon. Jane Philpott, Minister of Health

I’m Too Hot (Hot Damn)

  • Hon. Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism
  • Hon. Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
  • Hon. Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence


  • Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
  • Hon. Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science
  • Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport

Grey Gold

  • Hon. John McCallum, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
  • Hon. Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources
  • Hon. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
  • Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Make A Dragon Wanna Retire, Man

  • Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons
  • Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Trade
  • Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
  • Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

Simply Smoochable

  • Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
  • Hon. Scott Brison, President of the Treasury Board
  • Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
  • Hon. Judy Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement

Heroic Hotties

  • Hon. Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities
  • Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities


Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Youth and Intergovernmental Affairs