New photos from season 2 of Grace and Frankie are out now. The second season begins on Netflix on May 6. In the new season, Grace and Frankie continue the process of figuring out their own identities after they discover that their husbands are in love with each other.
[This post originally appeared at Time Goes By, written by Ronni Bennett. Thanks to Ronni for allowing me to reprint it here.]
Not infrequently, I grumble out loud around here about how few roles, especially major roles, there are in film for elder actors. Our generation doesn’t get much representation on what in our youth was called the silver screen.
But not so in 2015. As the year-end round-ups of the arts are being published, it is gratifying to see how many of our contemporaries have been not only getting work but in some cases being nominated for awards.
This is a list of some of the biggest names and the movies they have starred in this year. It is in no way meant to be comprehensive, and I arbitrarily chose 65 to be the low-end age cutoff. Maybe you have seen some of these. (A few random trailers included) Continue reading “Reprint: A Good Year for Elder Actors”
Advantageous, which took the SXSW Special Jury Prize for Collaborative Vision, will be streaming on Netflix starting June 23. The film is from writer and director Jennifer Phang.
I first became interested in this sci-fi drama when I read Emily Yoshida’s SXSW report about it in The Verge. Here’s how she described the film at the time:
[Advantageous] was the first sci-fi film I had seen at the festival, as well as the first genre film in general. It’s a quiet, deliberately paced story of a woman, her daughter, and a medical procedure with philosophical implications worthy of a Black Mirror Mother’s Day special. Gwen (Jacqueline Kim, who also co-wrote the film) is a spokeswoman for a new-fangled body-swapping procedure, who must undergo the procedure herself in order to keep her job and be able to ensure a good future for her daughter, Jules (Samantha Kim). It’s moody and specific and is a rare sci-fi film to nail its human emotion — particularly the mother-daughter relationship at its center — just as expertly, if not more so, as its more lofty philosophical questions.
According to the film’s Facebook page, Jennifer Phang received the award for Best Director, and the film won in three other categories at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival.
The film will be released in some 20+ languages and will include a version with Jennifer Phang giving director’s commentary on some of the topics explored in the film.
I’m looking forward to the film. It looks very good.
I appreciate Netflix for making the deal to stream Advantageous and for backing the recent Grace and Frankie and other female-based content.
Old pals Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are set to costar in a Netflix original comedy/drama, Grace and Frankie. The 13 episode series will release in 2015.
The two women, Grace (Fonda) and Frankie (Tomlin), hate each other. It was just announced this week that Grace’s husband is going to be played by Martin Sheen. I haven’t seen an announcement as to who will play Frankie’s husband.
The plot develops when the two husbands announce that they are in love and want to run off together and get married, forcing interactions between the wives.
That’s pretty much all we know at this point. The complete cast isn’t even set yet, but filming is due to begin in August. Now that they have Martin Sheen, it should be easier to get the other husband character to sign on. Working with Martin Sheen should be an incentive.
A show with two over 40 women leading the cast? Sign me up, Netflix.