Annette Bening

Annette Bening Will Govern ‘Katrina: American Crime Story’ in Major Role

by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 6, 2017 @ 12:36 PM
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We’ll still have to wait until 2018 for the second season of Ryan Murphy’s FX American Crime Story, but Katrina is starting off strong with new cast. Annette Bening is joining the Emmy-winner’s second season (officially dubbed Katrina: American Crime Story) in a governing role.

Annette Bening on Trying Not to Laugh Through One of the Funniest Scenes of the Year

by Erin Whitney December 30, 2016 @ 12:50 PM
There’s a scene in Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women that will be remembered as the film’s funniest, a moment that perfectly captures the essence of its trio of titular female characters. With a tinge of annoyance, Annette Bening’s Dorothea calls out her tenant Abbie, a red-haired punk, for dozing off on the table during a dinner party. “I’m menstruating,” Abbie grumpily retorts. Much to Dorothea’s embarrassment, Abbie then prompts the men at the table to confidently utter the word “menstruation.” Capping off the scene, Elle Fanning’s rebellious 16-year-old Julie breaks into an awkward story about losing her virginity. Three women across three generations, all with varying barometers of what it means to be a woman, and what it means to harness femininity.

‘20th Century Women’ Review: A Tender Celebration of the Feminine Spirit

by Erin Whitney December 29, 2016 @ 10:05 AM
Early in 20th Century Women, Elle Fanning’s rebellious teenager Julie asks, “Don’t you need a man to raise a man?” With little pause, Annette Bening’s single mother Dorothea assuredly responds, “No, I don’t think so.” The latest from Mike Mills (Thumbsucker, Beginners), finds three women helping raise a teenage boy. It’s a premise that could easily crash and burn in the wrong hands by sacrificing nuance for stereotypes or marginalizing female voices to emphasize a male perspective. Yet 20th Century Women avoids all of that. Instead Mills has made not only one of the best films of the year, but one that unabashedly celebrates the feminine spirit.

‘Rules Don’t Apply’ Review: Warren Beatty’s Strange, Uneven Howard Hughes Biopic

by Erin Whitney November 23, 2016 @ 1:35 PM
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A Howard Hughes biopic by Warren Beatty sounds pretty interesting. Any portrayal of the eccentric recluse and his ventures into Hollywood are enough to pique my interest. But Rules Don’t Apply is hardly a biopic on the billionaire; instead Beatty’s first directorial effort since 1998’s Bulworth is an uninteresting love story about an aspiring actress and a young driver. Toss in some uneven comedy, a creepy sex scene, some premature ejaculation, and a song Lily Collins never stops singing and you’ve got yourself one very strange movie about Howard Hughes.

Independent Spirit Award Nominations Shine on ‘Moonlight’ and ‘American Honey’

by Charles Bramesco November 23, 2016 @ 9:04 AM
Now that the seemingly infinite hell of election season has reached its merciful end, it’s time to move on to what is pretty much the election season of movies: awards season! The Golden Globes, Oscars, industry guilds and various critical bodies will soon hand down their rulings on the best films, performances, and technical achievements of 2016, but before that ball gets rolling and flattens all nuanced criticism in its way, the Independent Spirit Awards will have their say. The nominations for the slightly left-of-center awards program were announced yesterday, and the unusually stellar lineup provides a nice reminder that the whole “2016 was a disaster at the movies!” narrative only applies to Hollywood studio pictures.

It Takes a Village (Or Maybe Just Three Women) to Raise a Child in New '20th Century Women' Trailer

by Charles Bramesco November 1, 2016 @ 9:55 AM
It’s 1979 in Santa Barbara: the hippie-dippie ‘70s are about to give way to punk and the wave of nihilism that goes with it, Jimmy Carter frets about a crisis of conscience on the TV set, and one kid’s trying to figure out how he fits into all of it.

Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig and Elle Fanning Star In First ‘20th Century Women’ Trailer

by Erin Whitney September 27, 2016 @ 8:27 AM
You know when a trailer captures a mood of a film so well you just want to roll around in it and soak it up? That’s how the first teaser for Mike Mills’ 20th ‘Century Women’ feels, capturing the aura of a bohemian family in late 1970s Santa Barbara so well you can almost smell the ocean water and patchouli oil.

‘Danny Collins’ Trailer: Al Pacino Is a Slightly Ridiculous Has-Been Rocker

by Britt Hayes November 20, 2014 @ 8:25 PM
We all know the familiar story of the washed-up, has-been rocker, but the trailer for ‘Danny Collins’ takes the premise and gives it a little twist with an added bit of hoo-ah for emphasis: what if a promising rocker actually went on to have a very successful career, but that career was shallow and lacked the depth and soul of his earlier, folksy background? What if a rocker who idolized John Lennon evolved into something of a Barry Manilow? The result is Al Pacino’s Danny Collins, and as Annette Bening notes, he does look slightly ridiculous.

Annette Bening vs. Jimmy Fallon in a Rousing Game of Flip Cup on 'The Tonight Show'

by Kate Erbland March 6, 2014 @ 11:07 AM
"This one's for the children!"
There's something oddly soothing about watching Jimmy Fallon play flip cup with big stars on his 'Tonight Show.' The college drinking game suddenly seems classy, refined, even a little zen, especially when someone like 'The Face of Love' star Annette Bening shows up to chug beer and flip Solo cups alongside the host.

'How I Met Your Mother' Final Season Spoilers: Flashbacks, Forwards and Annette Benning?

by Kevin Fitzpatrick August 21, 2013 @ 11:06 PM
For as many answers as 'How I Met Your Mother' creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas deliver of the upcoming ninth and final season, it seems only more questions arise. We've met the mother, but how much will we actually see between she and Ted? When will we learn her actual name? And who else's mother might we meet, played by Annette Benning? The 'How I Met Your Mother' execs step up to the plate!