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Brenda Deiss, Breakout ‘Red Rocket’ Film Star, Dies at 60

Brenda Deiss, the breakout star of Sean Baker’s Red Rocket indie movie in 2021, has died. She was 60. The unexpected movie actress who appeared alongside Simon Rex in the drama about a washed-up actor looking to reboot his Texas hometown died on Feb. 14 in Clear Lake, Texas from complications following a stroke in […]

Why ‘Red Rocket’ Director Sean Baker Prefers to Examine Life’s “Moral Gray Areas”

In A24’s Red Rocket, Simon Rex stars as a down-on-his-luck, washed-up porn actor who returns to his Texas hometown in hopes of reinvention — or, at least, a way back to L.A. Showing up on his estranged wife’s doorstep, he hustles his way back into her life with the promise of a fresh start. Unable […]

‘Drive My Car’ Named Best Picture by National Society of Film Critics

The National Society of Film Critics’ named Drive My Car as its best picture of 2021 during the 56th annual meeting, which was held virtually on Saturday. Drive My Car and Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy’s Ryusuke Hamaguchi was selected as best director, while Penélope Cruz won best actress for her performance in Parallel Mothers […]

“Is This Acting or Is This F***ing Therapy?”: Nicolas Cage, Andrew Garfield, Jonathan Majors and the THR Actor Roundtable

They shared their fears about showing vulnerability, their sense of responsibility when wielding guns on sets — and an improbable connection over a moody horse named Rain Man. In December, Nicolas Cage (Pig), Peter Dinklage (Cyrano), Andrew Garfield (Tick, Tick … Boom! and The Eyes of Tammy Faye), Jonathan Majors (The Harder They Fall) and […]

‘Being the Ricardos,’ ‘The Lost Daughter’ and More Producers on Their Most Challenging Moments: “You’re Ripping Your Hair Out Trying to Make a Movie”

CHELSEA BARNARD C’MON C’MON (A24) Writer-director Mike Mills’ latest stars Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny, a childless man in his 40s who steps in to take care of his young nephew, Jesse (Woody Norman), as his sister handles a family crisis. “We were such a tight family, the bonds formed between us as a crew and […]

The Charm Offensive Is a Menacing Force in Cinema’s Latest Depictions of Sex Work

Since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements gained traction in 2017, the entertainment industry has gradually worked not only to tackle its sexualized internal culture and historical exclusion of women, but also to reframe how sex and sexual power are depicted throughout film and television. The post-Harvey Weinstein landscape has thus seen revolutions in how women’s […]

Savannah Film Fest: ‘Red Rocket’ Star Simon Rex Acknowledges “People Love a Comeback Story”

“I never considered myself an actor,” Simon Rex told The Hollywood Reporter during a conversation in front of an audience of Savannah Film Festival attendees this week following a packed Lucas Theatre screening of Sean Baker‘s Red Rocket. Rex plays a has-been porn star who returns to his hometown, and has been garnering best actor […]

‘Red Rocket’ Trailer: Simon Rex Plays Porn Star Struggling After Return to Texas Hometown

A24 has dropped the first trailer for director Sean Baker’s (The Florida Project, Tangerine) upcoming film Red Rocket, which stars Simon Rex as a washed-up porn star named Mikey Saber.  The two-minute clip begins with Mikey returning to his small Texas hometown, where he is not welcomed with open arms by everyone, including his estranged […]

NY Film Festival Adds ‘Dune,’ ‘French Dispatch’ to Lineup

The 2021 New York Film Festival has added Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated Dune and Wes Anderson’s star-studded latest, The French Dispatch, to its lineup, adding screenings of both titles as part of its Spotlight section. In addition, the annual fall event, set to take place this year from Sept. 24-Oct. 10, has added screenings of […]

Cannes: Sean Baker’s ‘Red Rocket’ Lifts Off Into Awards Race

Sean Baker has been making critically acclaimed films for years about people living on the fringes of society, some of whom engage in sex work, and some of whom are played by non-actors — most notably 2012’s Starlet, 2015’s Tangerine and my personal favorite, 2017’s The Florida Project — but they have collectively received only […]