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Amy Tan Unintended Memoir

If the unexamined life is not worth living, rest assured that author Amy Tan’s life is very much the other kind. She’s already published two non-fiction books drawn from her life and experiences, and now with “Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir,” she’s participating in what will be a fascinating journey for those who haven’t read those books and an enriching audio-visual accompaniment for those who have.

Like fellow Sundance debut “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It,” “Unintended Memoir” was produced for PBS’ “American Masters” series and, as such, hews to a fairly public-TV style of documentary filmmaking. Nonetheless, director James Redford (who passed away in October 2020) intuitively combines new interviews, vintage TV appearances, childhood photos and home-movie footage, and animation (by Xaviera López) to capture the experiences that brought Tan to her initial success with “The Joy Luck Club”

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Deepa Mehta Prepares Women-Centric ‘Get Out’ Style Horror Film

Indo-Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta’s next film is a “Get Out”-style supernatural thriller, she revealed on Tuesday.

Speaking at a virtual event organized by Indian socio-cultural organization, the Prabha Khaitan Foundation, Mehta said, “There’s a horror film that I’m working on, which I’m so intrigued about because it’s like ‘Get Out,’ a supernatural thriller, which actually is about women.”

Mehta is also developing Madhuri Vijay’s award-winning 2019 novel “The Far Field” as one of her next projects with Huma Qureshi, the star of her Netflix series “Leila.”

“The Far Field” traces the journey of a woman from Bengaluru to the troubled Kashmir region in quest of a lost figure from her childhood. It won the 2019 JCB Prize for literature. Mehta say the novel adaptation will take some time.

Mehta’s “Funny Boy,” based on Sri Lankan-Canadian author Shyam Selvadurai’s 1994 Lambda-winning coming-of-age novel explores a gay love story against the backdrop

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‘Agnes Joy’ Director Opened Film With Vomit Scene to Capture Characters’ ‘Raw’ Relationship (Video)

Silja Hauksdóttir, the director and one of the writers of “Agnes Joy,” says she opened the film with a graphic vomiting scene to capture the “raw” relationship between its characters.

The film, Iceland’s entry into the Academy Awards International Film category, explores the explosive relationship of daughter Agnes (Donna Cruz) and her mother Rannveig (Katla Þorgeirsdóttir) as Agnes seeks independence from her frustrated, dissatisfied mother’s controlling ways. Their world is upended still more when a seductive new neighbor moves into town.

“Raw” was how TheWrap’s Joe McGovern described the movie’s first scene, in which hungover teenage daughter Agnes (Donna Cruz) is shown vomiting in a bathroom, only to be broken in on by her outraged mother. Rannveig is more concerned about whether Agnes will be still able to perform on the violin than her daughter’s plight. When McGovern asked Hauksdóttir about the creative choice, she agreed with his assessment.


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SAG Awards Nominations 2021: Fearless Film Predictions

Among the films leading the charge are “Da 5 Bloods,” “One Night in Miami,” “Minari,” and “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.”

Forget the highbrow critics groups. They’re influential, but the Screen Actors Guild Awards are more reflective of where Academy actors are heading. SAG and the Oscars don’t always line up, some of which is a matter of timing: Late-breaking movies often aren’t seen by enough of the SAG nominating committee. SAG voters tend to be more mainstream and younger than the Academy’s dominant actors branch, not to mention larger in number: Each year, SAG selects a new nominating committee of 2,500 members, about double the Academy voters.

Last year, eventual Best Picture contenders “The Irishman” and “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” scored four nominations each, including Cast in a Motion Picture and Stunt Ensemble, while Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women” was shut out. Remember the Bryan Cranston shocker for “Trumbo”?

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