Post-Weekend News Roundup – May 18

By @anandawrites
Post-Weekend News Roundup – May 18

Whether you were enjoying the weather this weekend, binging on weekend streaming options, or wondering if you should be offended by Louis C.K.’s SNL monologue, we’ve got some of the news you may have missed while brunching. Here’s a few things you should know as we start a new week.

Cannes Watch 2015

Finishing up its first week, this year’s Cannes film festival has some people praising (Todd Haynes’ Carol), some people booing (Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees), and of course the requisite mixed reviews (Natalie Portman’s directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness). The biggest sale of the festival thus far is for Tom Ford’s soon to be made second film Nocturnal Animals with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams set to star. Selling for $20 million to Focus Features after he pitched it at the festival, the film is a “romantic tale of revenge and regret.” In addition to featuring in Paolo Sorrentino’s film Youth, debuting at Cannes, Jane Fonda was also the first honoree of the Women in Motion program and she had some rather spirited things to say about the pay divide in Hollywood among men and women:

“Of course it upsets me that women are still earning 30 cents per dollar less than a man earns doing exactly the same work,” she said in an interview a day prior to receiving the award. “It’s unacceptable and it must change and we talk about it and we must be active in trying to create gender equity in terms of pay…The fact is that most film directors are men, white men. Most major roles are male roles and (it’s) the reason that I’m excited about this award,” she said. “Women have to become part of the very heart of movie making.”

The End of an Era: Mad Men Series Finale

Matthew Weiner’s final seven episodes (after a year of waiting for season 7 to wrap up) have shaken things up in Don Draper’s universe, interestingly moving away from a focus on his advertising world and spending more time on the personal lives of Don and his associates. The iconic series wrapped up satisfyingly bringing its main character full circle into a new age—of advertising, of family dynamics, and of personal understanding. Long-time fans are sure to have many opinions on everyone’s favorite scoundrel and his long-winded journey, but one thing’s for sure, Mad Men—which began in 2007—is among those shows that ushered in what many consider to be a new golden age of narrative television. Its a show where characters have been allowed sincere depth and emotional complexity while living out their lives in the midst of a time capsule that has simultaneously transported viewers to a bygone era while reminding them of what has and has not changed since. It’s a prime example of the power of the small screen and will leave an hour-sized hole in the hearts of many people on Sunday evenings.

Pitch Perfect 2 Pushes Mad Max Off the Road

With its cult-like following flocking to theaters in its opening weekend, Pitch Perfect 2 managed to rake in more money than its first film made in its entire theatrical run. Bringing in an impressive $70.3 million in its first three days, those acapella singing ladies pushed Mad Max: Fury Road down to #2 with $44.4 million over the weekend. With all its buzz about being a “feminist film” and the ridiculous drama brought about by a wannabe men’s activist espousing the film’s brain-washing agenda, sounds like some of those music-loving Pitch Perfect fans may just mosy over to Mad Max next weekend for another dose of kick-ass women. A few of our writers get into all that kick-assery and more in Mad Max: Fury Road in tomorrow’s podcast.

Trailer of the Week: Crimson Peak

We’ve been following this one closely—it is Guillermo del Toro after all—but now we have an even more detailed and insanely creepy trailer to keep us on edge until the October 16 release date for this extra spooky haunted house (possessed house??) horror tale. Especially intriguing is how much more of Jessica Chastain’s deeply unsettling—and clearly protective, sister to Tom Hiddleston’s Sir Thomas Sharpe—we get to see. It’s been far too long since del Toro properly scared us (sorry The Strain, but no), as it has been almost ten years since Pan’s Labyrinth. We’re ready for more Guillermo, bring it on.

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