Harassed Out of Hollywood: A Veteran Stuntwoman Reflects on Life in the Movies and on the Blacklist

Throughout the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, Jean Coulter was a leading stuntwoman in Hollywood, racking up hundreds of credits on shows like Charlie’s Angels, Wonder Woman, M*A*S*H*, and Days of Our Lives. She is perhaps most recognizable from Jaws 2, in which she played the ski boat driver who attempts to set the villainous…

Virginia Madsen on AIDS Drama 1985 and the Harassment She Experienced as a Hollywood 'Hot Babe'

“It’s expected that I’m going to have an opinion about things,” actor Virginia Madsen said Thursday in a Midtown cafe. We were meeting to discuss 1985, Yen Tan’s acclaimed black-and-white drama about a man named Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) who goes home to visit his family during the titular year, knowing it may be…

Director Luca Guadagnino on Assaulting the Senses and Indicting Patriarchy in Suspiria

Say what you will about Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria (and if you see it, you’ll undoubtedly have a lot to say about the provocative film)—even its detractors would agree that the movie is audacious. It rips out the skeleton of Dario Argento’s 1977 witch flick of the same name and piles on new narratives about Nazism,…

The New Halloween May Be More Sensitive Than Ever, But It's Also More Brutal

We shouldn’t ask art to be emblematic of the #MeToo movement, but sometimes its makers tell us that it is, regardless. Case in point: Those involved in the new Halloween have linked the film’s sensibilities to the current moment. In a recent interview, Jamie Lee Curtis, who is once again donning the role of Laurie…

First Man Is One Small Step for Damien Chazelle, One Giant Yawn for Moviegoers

The question of why we went to the moon is batted around Damien Chazelle’s First Man like a piece of crumpled-up paper by a cat with waning interest. Among the hypotheses, there’s the notion that it could influence young people by expanding their horizons. Additionally, during his interview for the astronaut gig,…

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