Haifaa Al-Mansour Celebrates “Legacy Of Womanhood” With ‘Mary Shelley’ — Tribeca Studio

The first female filmmaker out of Saudi Arabia, director Haifaa Al-Mansour has always been an artist who has forged her own path. Telling the story of an enterprising, young Saudi girl with her first well-received feature, Wadjda, Al-Mansour has contin…

The first female filmmaker out of Saudi Arabia, director Haifaa Al-Mansour has always been an artist who has forged her own path. Telling the story of an enterprising, young Saudi girl with her first well-received feature, Wadjda, Al-Mansour has continued to pursue “stories of women who are breaking barriers” with her latest, Mary Shelley. Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and moving along the festival circuit before landing in Tribeca, Al-Mansour’s…

‘Mary Shelley’ Trailer: Elle Fanning Is a Tortured Genius in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s Sweeping Romantic Drama

The brilliant mind behind “Frankenstein” gets a seriously romantic new biopic.

“Frankenstein” author Mary Shelley’s life was one filled with extremes, from the early death of her beloved mother to a free-wheeling childhood and education care of her political philosopher dad, to her life-changing romance with poet Percy Bysshe Shelley that partially took place on her mother’s grave and her complicated and complex relationship with just about everyone in her life. She was a political radical and an outspoken advocate for social change during a time when that wasn’t exaclt the sort of thing “nice young ladies did.” Oh, and she also wrote “Frankenstein.”

Shelley still cuts a wild figure in the history of literary masterworks and progressive politics, so it’s no surprise she’s inspired scores of on-screen portrayals, though few look to be as compelling as Haifaa Al-Mansour’s upcoming “Mary Shelley.” The new biopic mostly focuses on her teenage years, when the then-Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin first met and fell passionately in love with Shelley (Douglas Booth). To say the pair’s romance was fraught is a major understatement — again, they romanced each other on her mother’s grave — and the new film chronicles their story in woozy, dreamy tones.

The film features a stellar supporting cast of both established and rising stars, including Bel Powley, Tom Sturridge, Jack Hickey, Joanna Froggatt, Ben Hardy, and Stephen Dillane.

“Mary Shelley” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month. IFC Films will release the film in theaters on May 25 and on VOD on June 1. Check out the first trailer for “Mary Shelley” below.

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Mélanie Laurent, Ben Foster, and Elle Fanning on the dark allure of Galveston

Best known for her roles in Inglourious Basterds and the French drama Don’t Worry, I’m Fine, Mélanie Laurent is also a talented director, with three feature films under her belt. Her next film, Galveston, based on the 2010 book of the same name, stars Ben Foster as a hitman who rescues a young sex worker, played by…

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Best known for her roles in Inglourious Basterds and the French drama Don’t Worry, I’m Fine, Mélanie Laurent is also a talented director, with three feature films under her belt. Her next film, Galveston, based on the 2010 book of the same name, stars Ben Foster as a hitman who rescues a young sex worker, played by…

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Elle Fanning Is a Punk Rock Alien in New ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ Trailer (Video)

Elle Fanning plays an alien exploring the punk scene in London in the new trailer for “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”

Zan (Fanning) has broken off from her group while touring the galaxy to head to earth, where she meets two young inhabitants. In the trailer, Zan and Enn (played by Alex Sharp) engage in a romantic relationship while Zan experiences a lot of things for the first time.

Soon, however, Enn and his friends realize that Zan is different from other girls. And the best part about the trailer? Nicole Kidman is dressed in punk, seemingly leading the punk scene.

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The film, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, also stars Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas. Neil Gaiman wrote a short story in 2006 on which this film is now based.

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” will next play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on Friday. It had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2017.

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Elle Fanning plays an alien exploring the punk scene in London in the new trailer for “How to Talk to Girls at Parties.”

Zan (Fanning) has broken off from her group while touring the galaxy to head to earth, where she meets two young inhabitants. In the trailer, Zan and Enn (played by Alex Sharp) engage in a romantic relationship while Zan experiences a lot of things for the first time.

Soon, however, Enn and his friends realize that Zan is different from other girls. And the best part about the trailer? Nicole Kidman is dressed in punk, seemingly leading the punk scene.

The film, directed by John Cameron Mitchell, also stars Ruth Wilson and Matt Lucas. Neil Gaiman wrote a short story in 2006 on which this film is now based.

“How to Talk to Girls at Parties” will next play at the San Francisco International Film Festival on Friday. It had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2017.

Watch the trailer above.

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‘How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ Trailer: Elle Fanning and Nicole Kidman Start A Punk Rock Alien Revolution

The A24 release is John Cameron Mitchell’s first directorial effort since 2010’s “Rabbit Hole.”

The buzz around John Cameron Mitchell’s “How To Talk to Girls At Parties” quieted down soon after the film’s premiere at the Cannes Film Festival last year, but A24 is here to change that with the debut of the film’s wild official trailer. The preview mixes “Eyes Wide Shut” cult orgies with Mitchell’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” punk to make it clear this is not your average coming-of-age story.

“How to Talk to Girls At Parties” is based on the short story of the same name by Neil Gaiman. Elle Fanning plays a rebellious alien who sparks up a romance with a British teen (Tony winner Alex Sharp) and becomes obsessed with London’s punk scene. The alien’s newfound sense of humanity puts her at odds with her leader, played by Nicole Kidman.

The film marks Mitchell’s first feature directorial effort since “Rabbit Hole” in 2010. Kidman earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in the drama, but her newest collaboration with Mitchell is far more unhinged. Considering the trailer’s display of over-the-top performances and outlandish costumes, it’s clear Mitchell has punk vibes running through every frame of his new film.

IndieWire’s Eric Kohn called the film a “bizarre return to form” for Mitchell in his review out of Cannes. “The film acts as vessel for the attitude coursing through all of Mitchell’s work,” Kohn wrote. “Even the most outrageous behavior comes from a real place.”

A24 will release “How To Talk To Girls At Parties” in theaters this summer. Watch the distributor’s official trailer below.

Ben Foster & Elle Fanning Are On-The-Lam In ‘Galveston’ – SXSW

The French have a long running history of great film noir with such auteurs as Jean-Pierre Melville, so it becomes all the more intriguing to hear that actress/director Melanie Laurent is putting her Gallic spin on the genre with the feature adaptation of Nic Pizzolatto’s novel GalvestonThe pic marks her first English-language speaking directing debut after such titles as Breathe and Plonger.
In the film, Ben Foster plays Roy, a New Orleans ex-con who is intended to go…

The French have a long running history of great film noir with such auteurs as Jean-Pierre Melville, so it becomes all the more intriguing to hear that actress/director Melanie Laurent is putting her Gallic spin on the genre with the feature adaptation of Nic Pizzolatto’s novel GalvestonThe pic marks her first English-language speaking directing debut after such titles as Breathe and Plonger. In the film, Ben Foster plays Roy, a New Orleans ex-con who is intended to go…

56 Eye-Popping SXSW Portraits, From Emily Blunt to Tye Sheridan to Elle Fanning (Exclusive Photos)

SXSW 2018: Stars like John Krasinki, Emily Blunt, Elle Fanning and more sat down with TheWrap for an interview and photo shoot.

SXSW 2018: Stars like John Krasinki, Emily Blunt, Elle Fanning and more sat down with TheWrap for an interview and photo shoot.