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Quote of the Day: Jane Campion on Why the Post-Weinstein World Is a “Fairytale” for Women

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As accounts of sexual harassment and abuse continue to come out of Hollywood (and elsewhere), terms like “reckoning” and “long time coming” are being thrown around. And now, according to Jane Campion, we can add “fairytale” to the list of phrases.

Per Newshub, the writer-director described the post-Harvey Weinstein world as a “fairytale time” for women in the film industry. Speaking at a Spada industry conference, the Palme d’Or winner observed, “Women are being believed and the men fired. This is breathtaking. I have never seen anything like this solidarity and call to action in my life.” She added, “The more we speak out [about sexual harassment and abuse], the less it will happen.”

We absolutely agree with Campion that this is a watershed moment for women in show business and we, of course, support any woman who decides to come forward with her story. However, to quote Ava DuVernay,
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Top of the Lake Season Two Ratings

Although it was first planned as mini-series, SundanceTV and the BBC renewed the Top of the Lake TV show for a second season, and production kicked off back in January of 2016. Can SundanceTV's "three night event" woo back the American audience after a four year hiatus? Will Top of the Lake be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. A mystery crime drama, the Top of the Lake TV series stars Elizabeth Moss as Detective Robin Griffin. In "China Girl" -- the second season -- the SundanceTV cast also includes Kip Chapman, Jacqueline Joe, Ewen Leslie, Clayton Jacobson, Nicole Kidman, Gwendoline Christie, Alice Englert, David Dencik, Anjee Douangphoumy, Elaine Crombie, Merlynn Tong, Lincoln Vickery, Byron Coll, Ling Cooper Tang, and Ben Wood. Top of the Lake: "Little China Girl,” is set in Sydney Australia, four years after
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Jim Gaffigan Joins Olivia Colman In ‘Them That Follow’ Thriller

Jim Gaffigan Joins Olivia Colman In ‘Them That Follow’ Thriller
Exclusive: Comedian Jim Gaffigan has come aboard the dramatic thriller, Them That Follow, joining Thomas Mann, Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Walton Goggins, Kaitlyn Dever and Cameron Monaghan. Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage are directing the pic, from their original screenplay about a small community in Appalachia where believers handle poisonous snakes to prove their righteousness before God. Gaffigan will play Zeke, the pious, steadfast husband of the community…
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Kaitlyn Dever Cast In Dramatic Thriller ‘Them That Follow’

Kaitlyn Dever Cast In Dramatic Thriller ‘Them That Follow’
Last Man Standing alumna Kaitlyn Dever has been added to the cast of Them That Follow, the dramatic thriller from Amasia Entertainment and G-Base. Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savages are co-directing the film, based on their script, with shooting scheduled to begin this month in Ohio. Dever joins Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Walton Goggins and Thomas Mann in the pic set in a small community in Appalachia where believers handle poisonous snakes to prove their…
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2017 Fall TV Preview: Meet the 9 Breakout Stars You Need to Know!

2017 Fall TV Preview: Meet the 9 Breakout Stars You Need to Know!
Fall TV is finally here, and so is a fresh batch of talent we can't get enough of. From Star Trek: Discovery to Young Sheldon, this year's freshman series are kicking it up a notch and allowing new faces to really shine.

Et is breaking down the nine breakout stars whose names you need to know this fall. Take note!

2017 Fall Preview: Et's Complete Coverage

Brandon Micheal Hall (The Mayor, ABC)

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In ABC's new comedy, Hall plays an up-and-coming rapper, Courtney Rose, who runs for office as a way to drum up publicity for his music career -- and we have a feeling the premiere of The Mayor will do the same for its star. Hall, who only has a handful of credits to his name, the most recent being on TBS' Search Party, draws other parallels to his character: He's charismatic, magnetic and a complete breath of fresh air.

Unlike his character
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Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie discuss Top of the Lake: China Girl finale

Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie have spoken about the ambiguous finale of Top of the Lake: China Girl.

The series wrapped up on September 12 with the finale entitled ‘The Battle of the Mothers’, and ended with Robin (Elisabeth Moss) sitting by herself in her new apartment, watching an old video of Mary (Alice Englert). There is then a knock at the door but the episode comes to a finish with a close-up on Robin’s face before the audience can see who it is.

Speaking to Variety, Moss and Christie, who play detective partners in the series, spoke about the ambiguous nature of the ending.

“It’s definitely ambiguous,” said Moss, “which is totally so Jane [creator/director of the show Jane Campion]. You’re like, wait, what happened? And we filmed different versions of that ending as well. With the knock, without the knock — the knock was actually a late addition to the whole thing. We have many,
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Walton Goggins set for Them That Follow

Deadline is reporting that Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) has been cast in Them That Follow, a dramatic thriller from writer-directors Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage.

Them That Follow is set in the wilds of Appalachia where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God. Goggins is set to play Lemuel Childs, “an unshakable preacher determined to protect this way of life in a world that is changing and turning against their traditions. Fearing the erosion of his church and the possible loss of his daughter Mara to the outside world, he is faced with preventing his community from breaking apart.”

Goggins, who is currently shooting the Marvel sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, will be joined in the cast of Them That Follow by Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Thomas Mann (Kong: Skull Island). Production is slated to begin next month in Ohio.
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Walton Goggins To Shepherd The Flock In ‘Them That Follow’

Walton Goggins To Shepherd The Flock In ‘Them That Follow’
Exclusive: Walton Goggins has been set to star in Them That Follow, the dramatic thriller taking shape for a production start next month in Ohio. He joins Olivia Colman, Alice Englert and Thomas Mann in the Amasia Entertainment pic, set deep in the wilds of Appalachia where believers handle death-dealing snakes to prove themselves before God. Goggins will play Lemuel Childs, the unshakable preacher determined to protect this way of life in a world that is changing and…
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Elisabeth Moss on ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ and Reactions to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

From Academy Award-winning writer/director Jane Campion, Top of the Lake: China Girl sees Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) having recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of a girl washes up on the beach with little hope of finding the killer, Robin gets drawn deeper and deeper into the investigation while she’s also trying to reconnect with the daughter she gave up at birth. The six-hour story also stars Gwendoline Christie, Nicole Kidman, Alice Englert, David Dencik and Ewen Leslie. During a small roundtable to promote the return of Top …
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Gwendoline Christie on ‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ and Her ‘Twin Peaks’ Obsession

From Academy Award-winning writer/director Jane Campion, Top of the Lake: China Girl sees Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) having recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of a girl washes up on the beach with little hope of finding the killer, Robin gets drawn deeper and deeper into the investigation while she’s also trying to reconnect with the daughter she gave up at birth. The six-hour story also stars Gwendoline Christie, Nicole Kidman, Alice Englert, David Dencik and Ewen Leslie. During a small roundtable to promote the return of Top …
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'Top of the Lake: China Girl' Premiere: Elisabeth Moss, Gwendoline Christie Talk Bonding as Detective Duo

When writer Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake premiered in 2013, fans loved watching the mysterious drama unfold. Now, four years later, the follow-up is officially here.

Elisabeth Moss and Gwendoline Christie, who star as the detective duo in the miniseries, attended the premiere of Top of the Lake: China Girl in New York on Thursday night. Their co-star Alice Englert was also in attendance at the event at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater, as was creator Campion, co-writer Gerald Lee and director Ariel Kleiman.

The show follows Detective Robin Griffin (Moss) after her return to Sydney to rebuild her life, but...
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Top of the Lake

Network: SundanceTV. Episodes: Ongoing (hour). Seasons: Ongoing. TV show dates: March 18, 2013 — present. Series status: Has not been cancelled. Performers include: Elizabeth Moss, David Wenham, Peter Mullan, Thomas M. Wright, Skye Wansey, Geneviève Lemon, Robyn Malcolm, Kip Chapman, Jacqueline Joe, Ewen Leslie, Clayton Jacobson, Nicole Kidman, Gwendoline Christie, Alice Englert, David Dencik, Anjee Douangphoumy, Elaine Crombie, Merlynn Tong, Lincoln Vickery, and Byron Coll. TV show description: A mystery crime drama, the Top of the Lake TV series stars Elizabeth Moss as Detective Robin Griffin. The first season centers on the investigation into the disappearance of a pregnant 12 year old New Zealand girl named Tui Mitcham (Joe). Due to dark events in her own past, Griffin identifies with
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Fall TV Preview: 25 Breakout Stars Poised To Make It Big

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Fall TV Preview: 25 Breakout Stars Poised To Make It Big
Every year, the new fall TV lineup not only features established performers, but new talent on the verge of being truly embraced by the mainstream.

IndieWire has identified 17 of those relatively fresh faces poised to break out from this year’s crop of freshman comedies and dramas. Not everyone on lists like these goes onto blockbuster success, but one of the most exciting things about new shows is discovering emerging talent — and what they’re capable of. In past years, we’ve seen new stars emerge on shows across the spectrum of platforms, and in 2017 we have our theories who might end up being the stand-out performers for this season.

Important note: Because this list is humans-only, we tragically omitted giant teleporting puppy Lockjaw, from “Marvel’s Inhumans.” As soon as we have the time to celebrate all the great CGI characters currently on television, Lockjaw’s a lock.

Here
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Movies Announced from Directors St. Vincent, Emily Harris, & Brittany Poulton

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Several new women-directed films are on the way. According to recent reports, we can expect the feature directorial debut from musical artist St. Vincent as well as Emily Harris’ first solo feature. In addition, Brittany Poulton will write and direct her first feature film alongside Daniel Savage.

Per Variety, Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) is set to direct a gender-reversal of Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” from a script by David Birke (“Elle”). The original 1890 novel follows a bon vivant who stays young while his portrait ages. Clark’s project will see a woman play the titular role.

Clark made her directorial debut earlier this year with “The Birthday Cake” segment of the all-women-directed horror anthology “Xx.” The film also featured segments from Karyn Kusama (“The Invitation”), Roxanne Benjamin (“Southbound”), and Jovanka Vuckovic (“The Guest”). Clark co-wrote and scored “The Birthday Cake,” which follows a mother (Melanie Lynskey) who tries to keep her husband’s death a secret during her daughter’s birthday party.

Emily Harris’ first feature as a solo director will be “Carmilla,” a gothic love story starring Jessica Raine (“Call The Midwife”). The film will be adapted from the 1872 vampire novel by Sheridan Le Fanu. ScreenDaily broke the story.

Raine will portray Miss Fontaine, a governess whose ward is the isolated teen Lara (Hannah Rae, “Broadchurch”). “Struggling to find an outlet for her burgeoning sexuality, Lara is enchanted by the mysterious Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau, “Under Suspicion”) and the pair strike up a passionate relationship,” the source summarizes. “However, with rumors and superstition rife and with the exhortation of the family doctor (Tobias Menzies, “Outlander”), Carmilla’s presence in their home begins to strike fear into those around her.”

Principal photography on “Carmilla” will begin mid-September in East Sussex.

Harris, who also penned “Carmilla,” most recently directed rom-com “Love Is Thicker Than Water” with Ate de Jong. “Paragraph,” “Borges and I,” and several short films are among her other credits.

Finally, “Lizard King” writer-directors Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage will explore the effect faith has on a person’s life in “Them That Follow,” Deadline reports.

“‘Them That Follow’ is a dramatic thriller set deep in the wilds of Appalachia, where a Pentecostal pastor, Lemuel Childs, and his believers handle venomous snakes to prove themselves before God,” Deadline writes. “The tale focuses on Lemuel’s daughter, Mara (Alice Englert). She holds a secret that threatens to tear the church apart: her romantic past with a nonbeliever, Augie (Thomas Mann). As Mara’s wedding to a devoted follower looms, she must decide whether or not to trust the steely matriarch of their community, Hope (Olivia Colman), with her heart and life at stake.”

Production is scheduled to begin in October.

Englert has previously worked with female directors like Hannah Cowley (“Flame of the West”), Sally Potter (“Ginger & Rosa”), and Alison Maclean (“The Rehearsal”). Next, Englert will appear in “Top of the Lake: China Girl,” the Sundance series created and co-directed by her mother, Jane Campion. The Elisabeth Moss-starring show returns September 10.

Movies Announced from Directors St. Vincent, Emily Harris, & Brittany Poulton was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Top of the Lake: China Girl Review: Elisabeth Moss Shines (Again) in Sundance's Superb Crime Drama

Top of the Lake: China Girl Review: Elisabeth Moss Shines (Again) in Sundance's Superb Crime Drama
Elisabeth Moss will be a top contender at this year’s Emmys, and deservedly so, for her work in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. And she might as well make plans for a return trip next year, too, based on her knockout performance in Sundance’s gritty, mesmerizing crime drama Top of the Lake: China Girl.

A sequel to 2013’s Top of the Lake, China Girl — a six-hour Australian miniseries premiering Sunday, Sept. 10 at 9/8c and airing over three consecutive nights — finds Moss’ police detective Robin Griffin back in Sydney, still guarded and on edge after the traumatic events of last season.
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Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Thomas Mann Set For ‘Them That Follow’

Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Thomas Mann Set For ‘Them That Follow’
Exclusive: Olivia Colman (The Lobster), Alice Englert (Ginger and Rosa) and Thomas Mann (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) have been set to star in Them That Follow, which Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage will direct from their original screenplay. Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant will produce for Amasia Entertainment, along with Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson for G-base. Amasia is financing an October shoot in Ohio. Them That Follow is a dramatic thriller…
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‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ Teasers: Elisabeth Moss Goes Down Under for a Murder Mystery — Watch

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‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ Teasers: Elisabeth Moss Goes Down Under for a Murder Mystery — Watch
After premiering at Cannes a few months back, “Top of the Lake: China Girl” is set to premiere on the small screen next month. The show’s second season reunites Jane Campion with Elisabeth Moss, taking place four years later and shifting the action from New Zealand to Australia. Watch two new teasers below.

Read More‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’: Elisabeth Moss and Nicole Kidman Champion Women in TV and Preview a Season on Motherhood

Here’s what’s in store for us: “‘Top of the Lake: China Girl’ is a crime mystery story that finds Detective Robin Griffin, recently returned to Sydney and trying to rebuild her life. When the body of an Asian girl washes up on Bondi Beach, there appears little hope of finding the killer, until Robin realizes that ‘China Girl’ didn’t die alone. Robin’s search to discover
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Top Of The Lake - China Girl episode 2 review: The Loved One

Louisa Mellor Aug 3, 2017

Top Of The Lake series two is a layered, unusual crime drama that's thrillingly impossible to predict...

This review contains spoilers.

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2.1 The Loved One

TV is so saturated with crime mystery that it can feel as though we’ve seen it all before. Corpses on slabs, evidence walls, corrupt police, hard-drinking detectives with personal demons… Top Of The Lake has all of the above, with added extras. With strange imagery and offbeat characters, it gives us the genre essentials packaged alongside something new to look at and plenty new to think about.

Episode two’s flashback to Robin and Johnno’s wedding one month earlier overflowed with new things to look at. Unusual sights abounded – Tui in white coattails, the bride in a bomber jacket,
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Nicole Kidman Looks Like an Ethereal Dream at 'Top of the Lake: China Girl' Premiere in Australia

Nicole Kidman Looks Like an Ethereal Dream at 'Top of the Lake: China Girl' Premiere in Australia
Nicole Kidman is an ethereal dream!

The 50-year-old actress stunned at the Australian premiere of her new movie, Top of the Lake: China Girl, at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday.

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Back in her hometown, Kidman stepped out in a playful long-sleeved, tea-length Zuhair Murad frock. The nude-hued tulle number featured floral embroidery and a silver belt.

She paired the look with strappy gold Jimmy Choo heels, drop-down earrings and bold red lips, and wore her hair in a loose updo with romantic spiral tendrils to best show off the delicate dress.

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Kidman stars in the limited series alongside Elisabeth Moss, Gwendoline Christie and Alice Englert, and she posed with Englert and creator-director Jane Campion on the red carpet down under.

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The blonde bombshell has used many of her Top of the Lake press appearances
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Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl” Gets U.S. Premiere Date

Top of the Lake

Your other Elisabeth Moss TV obsession is coming back. The “Handmaid’s Tale” star reprises her role in “Top of the Lake’s” highly anticipated sophomore season, “China Girl,” and this time around, she’s joined by Nicole Kidman and “Game of Thrones’” Gwendoline Christie. The new season bowed in the UK July 27, but a U.S. premiere date was just announced over the weekend. The feminist murder-mystery will return to SundanceTV September 10 and run through September 12, Deadline writes. Season 2 consists of six episodes, three of which are helmed by creator Jane Campion.

Top of the Lake: China Girl” takes place four years after the events of the first season, which followed Sydney-based police detective Robin Griffin (Moss) returning to her hometown in New Zealand to investigate the disappearance of a local 12-year-old girl. Season 2 is set in Sydney and centers around an unidentified murder victim whose body turns up at Bondi Beach.

A trailer for “China Girl” shows Robin meeting Mary (Alice Englert, “Ginger & Rosa”), the daughter she gave up for adoption many years ago. Kidman plays Julia, the teen’s adoptive mother. The women seem to bond over their disapproval of the girl’s boyfriend — and their objections are much more serious than his table manners. At a family dinner he announces that “the destiny of man is to enslave women.” So you can just imagine how he treats their daughter.

“For me, this season is so much about motherhood, and Robin’s, sort of, main challenge is to figure out how she’s going to be a mother to Mary, essentially somebody who is a stranger,” said Moss at a Television Critics Association (TCA) panel about the new season. The “Mad Men” alumna added, “Robin is, the entire season, faced with her own ideas of how life should be being challenged by [Miranda, by Mary, and by Christie’s character, Julia]. They are just constantly pushing her buttons and challenging her, and she has to kind of — the most important thing for her is to solve this case. It’s always the most important thing for her. And then in typical ‘Top of the Lake’ fashion, of course, the personal always kind of lines up with the political, and she has to kind of figure out both.”

Moss is up for an Emmy — her seventh nomination — for her role as Offred in “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Hulu renewed the dystopian drama for a second season just one week after the series premiered.

Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl” Gets U.S. Premiere Date was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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