‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Trailer Depicts a Frightening Dystopia

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After some eerie promotion at SXSW and a protest against Texas’s anti-abortion law, Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale is piquing our interest. Based on the novel by Margaret Atwood, it depicts a dystopian alternate reality in which a theocratic military dictatorship has overthrown the US government and stripped women of their rights, forcing some to bear children for leaders whose wives are barren.

In the first full trailer, Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), Samira Wiley (Orange is the New Black), and Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls) give us a glimpse at this unsettling story. After women are no longer allowed employment, they’re rounded up and taken prisoner. The story is all too timely given the country’s current social and political climates.

The Handmaid’s Tale premieres April 26 on Hulu. Watch the full trailer below:

Nat Wolff Discovers a Deadly Book in ‘Death Note’ Teaser

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Although Netflix frequently kills it with their original content, their latest movie is sure to be a hit among hits. Based on the Japanese manga series, Death Note has already garnered a large online following.

When a young man finds a notebook that holds supernatural powers, he is bestowed the ability to kill anyone with the stroke of a pen. With this new power, he begins a crusade against evil in attempt to become a human god. When a detective hunts him down, it becomes a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

Death Note premieres August 25 on Netflix. Watch the trailer below:

James Blake’s ‘My Willing Heart’ Video Stars a Very Pregnant Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman has always been America’s sweetheart but she recently became a second-time mommy. Earlier this month, she gave birth to a baby girl.

But before giving birth, she took full advantage of her prenatal glow and starred in James Blake’s video for “My Willing Heart.” The black and white video features the expecting muse in lingerie as she lounges in bed, holding her tummy. Other shots show her silhouette, submerged in water.

Watch James Blake’s “My Willing Heart” video below:

Entertainment Weekly Covers Give First Look at ‘Twin Peaks’ Revival

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David Lynch’s small town neo-noir mystery is finally returning to the big screen. After 25 years since it last aired, Twin Peaks is breathing new life, thanks to a Showtime revival. The original cast returns along with some new faces to tie up some loose ends and likely pull us in for another mystery.

The OG Twin Peaks cast has graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly along with creator David Lynch. Three collectable covers feature some of our favorites back in character. The full story features quotes from Lynch, Sheryl Lee, Sherilyn Fenn, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, James Marshall, Peggy Lipton, Everett McGill, and Wendy Robie. It catches us up to how the show made its way back to our screens, from the first brainstorming to the 142-day shoot.

Read the story at Entertainment Weekly.

‘The Leftovers’ Season 3 Trailer is Here… In 7 Parts

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HBO’s quasi-spiritual drama, The Leftovers has continuously left us on the edge of our seats, always wanting more. The show follows a family as they move on in the wake of a strange occurrence that appears to be the rapture. Mom joins a creepy cult, led by none other than Liv Tyler. Dad begins experiencing the afterlife. Meanwhile, teenagers are teenagers and that will never change.

HBO has recently released the trailer for the third season. Split into seven parts and posted on different locations of social media, it shows that the new season picks up seven years after the first departure. If you’re slightly familiar with Christian beliefs, you know that’s not a good thing. The Garvey family is apparently facing a pretty big flood and subsequently, the end of days. But apparently dad might be the second coming of Christ?

The third and final season of The Leftovers premieres April 16 on HBO. In case you don’t feel like scouring the internet for seven pieces to this puzzle, the full trailer and poster is available below:

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Enjoy This Damn Good ‘Coffeetime’ Playlist Ahead of the Twin Peaks Revival

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In two months, Twin Peaks will return to our living rooms, thanks to Showtime. After a quarter of a century off the air, the iconic David Lynch small-town mystery will be introduced to a new generation. The original cast returns alongside new faces to continue this unique story.

Ahead of the new season’s premiere, videos, action figures, skateboards, and other promotions have taken over the internet. The latest comes from star Kyle MacLachlan himself. The man behind Agent Dale Cooper has curated a “Coffeetime” playlist.

Listen below and enjoy with some Damn Good Coffee:

Netflix to Complete & Release One of Orson Welles’ Unseen Films

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When Orson Welles died in 1985, he left a number of unfinished films in his wake. The actor and filmmaker known for such films as Citizen Kane and Macbeth also left many cinephiles in suspense over the outcome of The Other Side of the Wind. The satire starred fellow directors and friends, John Huston and Peter Bogdanovich as fictionalized versions of themselves. It was a portrait of the vicious industry that is Hollywood.

Although the film was left incomplete, all of the footage was shot during the ’70s, and it has been sitting untouched in a French film lab for years. Netflix has recently acquired the rights to the film, for which they will edit together and release to the public, once and for all. The film’s original production manager, Frank Marshall is on board as producer.

Nitehawk Cinema Honors Chloë Sevigny with Film Series & Discussion

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Chloë Sevigny has lead a colorful career of cult titles and powerful performances. From her acting debut in Kids to her Oscar-nominated role in Boys Don’t Cry and her recent foray into directing, she’s established herself as an indie sweetheart.

She’s the latest subject of Nitehawk Cinema’s mini-retrospective, The Works. The series pays tribute to cinematic influencers, featuring a series of their films. Past honorees include Bill Murray, Karen Black, and Kurt Russell.

The Works: Chloë Sevigny kicks off with screenings of Sevigny’s directed shorts, Kitty and Carmen, as well as her supporting role in Boys Don’t Cry. She’ll be in attendance for a special evening of conversation, hosted by W Magazine senior features editor, Karin Nelson. The curated series will feature 11 of Sevigny’s films throughout April.

For tickets and more information, check out Nitehawk Cinema. Watch the trailer below:

Photographer Sarah Huny Young Making Black Women the Face of the ‘American Woman’

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Sarah Huny Young is an American woman. She’s also a black woman, which means she’s not typically represented as a poster child of the good ole USA.

Google “American woman” and you’ll find a collage of mostly white women; white women waving American flags, white women holding guns, and Lynda Carter in her ‘70s portrayal of Wonder Woman. It’s not quite the diverse utopia of which we strive for.

“Black American women, cis and trans and hetero and LGBT, are at the frontlines of these activist movements. We’re always doing the work and tasked with the labor and we’re still not American enough? Nah.”

In Young’s photo series American Woman, she strives to skew the common perception of what an American woman looks like and even tip the Google results in a more diverse direction. Photographing real black women across America, she’s broadened the scope of body image, sexuality, gender identity, and birthplace. Specifically, she’s made the effort to include trans women and immigrants.

“Some of the women that are a part of the project are immigrants that just recently became citizens. Most, thus far, have a traumatic relationship with being American. All of us, at least once, have been told to ‘go back where [we] came from’ or that our culture, as Black Americans, isn’t important (as it’s constantly appropriated). Or we’ve been harassed by jingoistic muppets because we’re not patriotic on their terms and we have no qualms critiquing this country.”

With funding from Safety Pin Box and the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh grant, she’s taken her vision on the road. Since it began, she’s added a documentary element that further demonstrates the diversity of these American women. At its culmination, she hopes to show her work in museums and galleries.

Follow American Woman on Facebook, Instagram, and Patreon. To become a part of the series, visit the website.