Mary Shelley's Haifaa Al-Mansour isn't sweating the title of "first female Saudi film director"

Filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. Her feature film debut, 2012’s Wadjda, received critical acclaim and became the country’s first official Oscar submission (for Best Foreign Language Film) although it wasn’t nominated. Al-Mansour’s follow up is Mary Shelley, the story of the…

From Fargo to Napoleon Dynamite: Haifaa Al-Mansour picks the 5 films that influenced her the most

Filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. Her feature film debut, 2012’s Wadjda, received critical acclaim and became the country’s first official Oscar submission (for Best Foreign Language Film) although it wasn’t nominated. Now al-Mansour’s following up her debut with Mary Shelley, the…

Elle Fanning and the cast of Mary Shelley didn’t know much about the author before reading the script

Haifaa al-Mansour’s new film Mary Shelley tells the story of the world-famous novelist when she was know as Mary Godwin. Starring Elle Fanning as the eponymous author, the film begins when Godwin is just 18, and follows the events in her life that inspired her to write Frankenstein, including her relationship with…

Director Haifaa al-Mansour spent most of her childhood watching American films with her dad

Filmmaker Haifaa al-Mansour is Saudi Arabia’s first female director. Her feature film debut, 2012’s Wadjda, received critical acclaim and became the country’s first official Oscar submission (for Best Foreign Language Film) although it wasn’t nominated. Now she’s following up her debut with a pair of English-language…

Colony’s Tory Kittles and Alex Neustaedter pick their favorite works of science fiction

USA’s dystopian sci-fi series Colony is officially in its third season, and the Bowmans and their allies are in a world of trouble beyond the walls of the Los Angeles bloc. In honor of the new season, we spoke with Tory Kittles and Alex Neustaedter to find out their favorite alien stories from pop culture. The list…

We had former All-Star Baron Davis rate all the jerseys he sported during his NBA career

Former professional basketball player Baron Davis had a lengthy, noteworthy career on the court. He was a two-time NBA All-Star, led the league in steals on two separate occasions, played for six different NBA franchises, and on this day 11 years ago, he entered Andrei Kirilenko’s nightmares and never left. During our…

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Gus Van Sant on why he didn’t cast a quadriplegic lead in Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot

Based on the memoir of the same name, Gus Van Sant’s new biographical film Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot tells the story of cartoonist John Callahan, played by Joaquin Phoenix, who became a quadriplegic after being in an auto accident when he was 21. Earlier this year, disability advocacy group Ruderman Family…