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Michelle Williams Says Todd Haynes’ Peggy Lee Biopic Is Dead & Talks About Speaking Out On Pay Equity In Hollywood

Actress Michelle Williams and filmmaker Kelly Reichardt (“Wendy & Lucy“) have reunited for the drama “Showing Up,” a low-budget pic that sees Williams play a tightly wound artist named Lizzie. The film will be heading to the Canes Film Festival where it is notably one of the few movies playing there that has been helmed by a female director.
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Michelle Williams Says Todd Haynes’ Peggy Lee Biopic Is Dead: ‘It’s Gone the Way of the Buffalo’

Click here to read the full article. Michelle Williams was Academy Award-nominated for playing screen icon Marilyn Monroe and won an Emmy for transforming into Broadway star Gwen Verdon, but it seems that Williams will not take the mic to be singer Peggy Lee for an upcoming biopic anymore. The “Showing Up” actress confirmed that the slated Peggy Lee biopic “Fever” with writer-director Todd Haynes is officially dead. “It’s gone the way of the buffalo, I’m afraid,” Williams told Variety in a cover story. “But if anyone reading this story would like to resurrect it, Todd and I are on board for...
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Bradley Cooper and Todd Haynes to Honor Cate Blanchett at the 47th Chaplin Awards Gala

Cate Blanchett is being honored at the 47th Chaplin Award Gala in New York City in April and the announcement came today that Bradley Cooper and Todd Haynes will pay tribute to Blanchett at the ceremony. She is being honored as an "internationally acclaimed actor, producer, artistic director, humanitarian, and dedicated member of the arts community."
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Todd Haynes and His Editors on Poring Over 600 Hours of Footage to Bring ‘The Velvet Underground’ to Life

“The Velvet Underground” marks Todd Haynes’ first foray into documentary filmmaking, and with the film on the Oscar documentary shortlist, Haynes could find himself making the cut for best documentary feature come Feb. 8. But when Haynes was first developing the project years ago, one of the hurdles he had to overcome was the fact that very little footage existed of the hugely influential rock band.
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Wajahat Ali, Immanuel Wilkins' 'The 7th Hand,' A New Book Exploring the Ballroom Scene, The Birth of New Queer Cinema, Todd Haynes

New York Times and Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali mixes personal stories with national politics and cultural commentary in his new memoir, Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American. Ali joins us to discuss his book and preview Wajahat Ali & Friends, an event of Asian-American storytelling, comedy and music at Symphony Space.
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‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Todd Haynes (‘The Velvet Underground’)

Todd Haynes, the guest on this episode of The Hollywood Reporter‘s Awards Chatter podcast, is one of the most significant independent filmmakers of the last 35 years. A daring writer and director who was at the vanguard of what came to be known as New Queer Cinema, he has worked with and is a favorite of many of the finest screen actresses of his time, including Julianne Moore, Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and his explorations of identity include some of the most admired films of all time — among them, 1995’s Safe, 2002’s Far From Heaven (for which he...
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“I Didn’t Want to Leave Any Stone Unturned”: Questlove, Todd Haynes, Liz Garbus and the THR Documentary Roundtable

In the middle of an extraordinary year — 2020 — they were at work on films that charted other resonant histories. In Becoming Cousteau, Liz Garbus, 51, chronicles an emerging environmentalist; in Summer of Soul, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, 50, confronts the erasure of Black stories; in The Rescue, which he directed with Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, 48, depicts the challenge faced by a group of unlikely heroes; in The Velvet Underground, Todd Haynes, 60, chronicles a literal band of outsiders; in Procession, Robert Greene, 45, enables a group of trauma survivors to reenvision their own backstories; in Flee, Jonas Poher Rasmussen, 40, animates a refugee’s tale; and in Julia and My Name Is Pauli Murray, both of which she directed...
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The Velvet Underground’s Influence On Director Todd Haynes’ Film Went Far Beyond The Band’s Music – Contenders Documentary

Edgy rock band the Velvet Underground was an outgrowth of manager Andy Warhol’s avant garde art movement that over time has emerged as one of the most influential groups of the 1960s and ‘70s. It also exerted a powerful influence – particularly in the image crafted in Warhol’s films – on the way filmmaker Todd Haynes presented the group onscreen in the documentary The Velvet Underground. “What we all felt when we were making this movie is that it was about a really specific time and place that produced this band, in which questions about art, and aesthetics and life and...
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How Todd Haynes’ ‘The Velvet Underground’ Is “Indebted” to Andy Warhol Films

Describing the visual language of Todd Haynes’ documentary The Velvet Underground for Apple TV+, Haynes’ longtime cinematographer Edward Lachman contends that the director “found the visual metaphor for the art, the counterculture” of the New York underground during the ’60s. This feature-length look at the influential band is a collage of archival material, including Andy Warhol’s silent video shorts known as Screen Tests of such band members as Lou Reed and John Cale. The historical content is presented in the split-screen style of his 1966 film Chelsea Girls, and is deftly combined with new interviews — including with band members Cale...
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Todd Haynes Visits the Real ‘Velvet’ Goldmine

Director Todd Haynes emerged as a promising young filmmaker with Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story (1987). The late Karen’s brother Richard sued, but that didn’t dissuade him from turning repeatedly to music. He directed a fictional feature on ‘70s glam rock, Velvet Goldmine (1998), and a “non-linear” biographical dramatization of Bob Dylan, I’m Not There (2007). With The Velvet Underground (2021), he documents a band that sold few records during their time together but became legendary and seminal after their demise in the early ‘70s.
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The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes Soundtrack

The soundtrack to Todd Haynes‘ award-winning documentary The Velvet Underground contains some of the most riveting, inspired, and influential rock music ever recorded. That’s not hyperbole. It’s possibly an understatement. The two-disc collection anthologizes 11 Velvet Underground tracks, all of them great, plus five additional songs by influences and associated acts.
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Todd Haynes on his Documentary 'The Velvet Underground'

Despite receiving relatively little commercial success in their original 10-year run, The Velvet Underground have become one of the most influential and iconic bands in rock history, instantly recognizable from their Andy Warhol-produced banana album cover. A new documentary from director Todd Haynes takes a fresh look at the band and its legacy. Haynes joins to talk about "The Velvet Underground," in theaters now and available to stream on Apple TV+.
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Todd Haynes Documentary Evokes The Velvet Underground

I’ve been waiting over 51 years to see this documentary, since the last time I saw The Velvet Underground play. It was June 24, 1970, their opening night of a two-week gig at Max’s Kansas City, after not doing a show in New York for over three years. I’d designed the poster promoting it, mimicking the look of an ad in a New York subway car. I was there with my girlfriend Jan. Todd Haynes could not be there. He was only 9 years old.
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