The 17th Annual Tribeca Film Festival unveiled it’s line-up and “Disobedience” is part of their line-up. The screening will be the premiere screening for the United States. The movie is part of the Spotlight Narrative line-up. The festival runs from April 18–29 and ticket packages are on sale now. For more information be sure to head over to the official website.
The Spotlight Narrative section is a launching pad for exciting new independent premieres with a focus on marquee filmmakers and performers. Past films from this section include Julie Delpy’s 2 Days in Paris (2007), Jeff Nichols’ Shotgun Stories (2007), Steven Soderbergh’s The Girlfriend Experience (2009), Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster’s Mal Heart (2017), and Azazel Jacobs’ The Lovers (2017). Supported by HSBC.
Disobedience, directed by Sebastian Lelio, written by Sebastián Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Produced by Frida Torresblanco, Ed Guiney, Rachel Weisz. (UK) – U.S. Premiere. After the death of her estranged rabbi father, a New York photographer returns to the Orthodox Jewish community in North London where she grew up and, in doing so, reignites long-dormant passions and controversies. With Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola. A Bleecker Street release.
“Disobedience” was selected for the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.
The first reviews for “Game Night” are getting released, with only a few more days until the movie will be released nationwide in the United States. The first reviews are very promising and positive thus far. The movie currently holds a 89% rating at Rotten Tomatoes (with 18 reviews) and a 74 score at Meta Critics (with 9 reviews). We will round-up the reviews in this post and we will – as always – focus on the Rachel-centered excerpts. Rachel gets praised for her comedic skills and timing.
“And McAdams, whose comedic skills have gone unsung for way too long, is dizzy fun. The whole movie is, actually, even if it pretty much evaporates on impact — a kooky, vicarious loop of Mad Libs meets Cards Against Humanity, where whoever’s holding the popcorn last wins.”
–Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly
“But it’s McAdams that often shines the brightest here. The “Mean Girls” star has appeared in the odd comedy since Tina Fey‘s cultural phenomenon, but even the highlights like “Midnight in Paris” and “About Time,” haven’t fully played to her comedy skills. Thankfully, “Game Night” is a great showcase for her underused and undervalued comedic talents, which will hopefully see the actress given more opportunities to play these kinds of notes. ”
–Will Ashton, The Playlist
The Audio Publisher Association announced the 2018 Audie Awards nominations and Rachel has been nominated for Best Female Narrator for her work for Audible’s audiobook of Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Congratulations to Rachel and all the nominees. Winners will be announced May 31st in New York.
BEST FEMALE NARRATOR – FINALIST TITLES
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, published by HarperAudio
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams, published by Audible Studios
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin, published by HarperAudio
The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer (Twin Peaks) by Jennifer Lynch, narrated by Sheryl Lee, published by Audible Studios
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles, published by Hachette Audio
Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel, is still available for streaming in Audible.com!
Looks like the “Game Night” promotion tour will kick off next week. Rachel will reportedly make an appearance on Good Morning America next Thursday – February 8th – according to 1iota.com. You are able to request tickets to attend the studio taping, be sure to head over to 1iota’s official website for more information. Update: Rachel has been removed from the schedule, no new date has been announced thus far.
Good Morning America
Thu 02-08: Jason Priestley, Rachel McAdams, Tory Johnson
Fingers crossed more talk shows will be announced the coming days, and we will update this post when that happens. Don’t forget to follow our social media accounts: Twitter @rachelmonline and Instagram @rachelmonline for the latest updates on the “Game Night” promotion, including the latest on the upcoming advanced screenings.
Rachel is among the more than 50 doctors, psychiatrists, actors, directors, academics, lawyers, historians, musicians, business and restaurant owners who signed the open letter calling on city council to push to open 1,000 new beds, by the end of 2018. Signatories include writer Margaret Atwood, actress Sarah Polley and actress Catherine O’Hara. All the signatories can be found over here and you can find the open letter below.
CALL TO OPEN 1000 NEW SHELTER BEDS IN 2018
Dear Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council,
We are writing to you as a group of Torontonians who love our city and want the best for it.
To begin, we would like to thank the Mayor for opening the Moss Park Armoury this winter, and also for his personal support of the introduction of 1000 new permanent shelter beds. We recognize the belated but important actions that have been taken to deal with this crisis thus far. We also recognize the excellent people who are working on the front lines to help people who are homeless.
“Slings & Arrows” costar, writer and creator Susan Coyne confirmed to The Chronicle Herald that the prequel of the series in in development, as we reported earlier this year. Coyne confirms they have written 3 scripts and that they are hoping to bring back actors from the original show.
Canadian writer-actress Susan Coyne loves a good behind-the-scenes story.
She’s been a writer on the acclaimed comedy series “Mozart in the Jungle,” which gives a fictional peek behind the curtain of a New York symphony, and she co-created and co-starred in the hit Canadian show “Slings & Arrows,” about the comical backstage life at a Canadian Shakespearean theatre festival.
Coyne says she’s now working on a prequel to “Slings & Arrows,” which ran from 2003 to 2006, along with original co-creators Bob Martin and Mark McKinney. They’ve written three scripts, arced out the whole series and hope to bring back actors from the original show, which featured Paul Gross, Martha Burns and Rachel McAdams.
“The CBC has expressed interest and we’re actually out to a director at the moment,” Toronto-based Coyne said recently by phone.
“It’s very much in the style of ‘Slings and Arrows’ but it takes you back to the origin of the festival itself.”
Given that they are aiming for a prequel, we are not sure there is room to bring Rachel’s character back since she plays an apprentice in the original series but we are hoping there is room for at least a cameo. We will keep you posted on the development of the prequel.
We want to wish Rachel the happiest birthday! We, on behave of the our site and all her fans, would like to wish Rachel a very happy birthday. We hope she will have a wonderful day, celebrating with her loved ones. Feel free to wish Rachel a happy birthday in our comment sections below. Last year we made a round-up of causes Rachel supported over the years, be sure to check it out in case you missed it. We also explain how you can make a donation in name of Rachel, to celebrate her birthday.
To celebrate we will round-up (social media) posts from news outlets celebrating Rachel’s birthday below/after the jump.
“This has all got to stop. We need to start acknowledging what an epidemic this is, and what a deep-seated problem this is.”
–Rachel McAdams, Vanity Fair
As you might know, activist Tarana Burke created the #MeToo hashtag and actress Alyssa Milano is credited for popularizing the hashtag and starting a movement on twitter. Today, Vanity Fair published an in-depth interview with Rachel and Selma Blair in which they shared their traumatic encounters with director James Toback early in their careers. The article can be found below/after the jump. Please be aware that both encounters are very detailed and could be triggering. In case you are in need of support we would like to highlight the RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline and the “Spotlight” survivor resources page. Finally, to paraphrasing director Ava DuVernay: “Saluting [Rachel and Selma Blair] and all who speak out. And all who don’t. All who survive this. And all who don’t.” We are with you all.
A week after The New York Times and The New Yorker ran back-to-back reports cataloguing Harvey Weinstein’s alleged serial sexual harassment of women in Hollywood, actress Selma Blair saw a story on HuffPost about writer and director James Toback’s new film that made her blood run cold. The piece, written by a female reporter who interviewed Toback at the Venice Film Festival, was titled “James Toback Gets Us, He Truly Gets Us in ‘The Private Life of a Modern Woman.’”
Blair tweeted the story with a single word in response: “Ironic.”
In the days that followed, Blair, who has appeared in films such as Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, and Hellboy, learned about a group of women on social media who claimed to have been sexually harassed by the director (Two Girls and a Guy) and Oscar-nominated writer (Bugsy). Their accounts sounded eerily familiar. The group, which included Blair, worked with Los Angeles Times reporter Glenn Whipp on a story that broke on October 22, citing 38 women in total who alleged sexual harassment suffered at the hands of Toback. Since then, the number of accusers has risen to more than 200 women—including Blair and Oscar-nominated actress Rachel McAdams, who both spoke exclusively to Vanity Fair this week about their experiences with Toback. (Toback, 72, has written for Vanity Fair in the past. When reached by phone Wednesday evening, Toback said he had no comment on any of the allegations.)