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Jane Fonda Has One Regret About Her Love Scene With Robert Redford in 'Our Souls at Night'

After all these years, Jane Fonda still gets giddy working with Robert Redford. 

The 79-year-old actress appears on Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and talks about portraying Redford’s love interest once again in the Netflix movie, Our Souls at Night, and their scenes in bed together.

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Fonda quips that she did have one regret while filming the movie. “There is eventually a love scene,” she notes. “I’m happy with the love scene. I’m unhappy because it was so short!”

She adds of her years of co-starring alongside Redford, “I’ve been in bed with him a lot.”

The longtime co-stars recently appeared together at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, in promotion of their movie, and Fonda confessed to the press, “I live for sex scenes with [Redford].”

In addition to Our Souls at Night, Fonda has also been the 81-year-old actor’s love interest in The Chase (1966), Barefoot in the Park (1967) and The Electric Horseman (1979). The two also appeared in Tall Story in 1966, with Redford having an uncredited role.

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“The only problem with working with Bob is I kind of look into his eyes and I kind of fall into his eyes and forget my dialogue,” Fonda told DeGeneres in March. “I realize that I’ve grown up because in the three previous movies, I was always in love with him. I fell in love with him every time.”

Just recently, Fonda also had a 9 to 5 reunion with Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin — her Grace and Frankie co-star — at the 2017 Emmy Awards.

ET spoke exclusively with the actress about what she thought of the trio reprising their roles for a movie sequel. Here’s her response:

EXCLUSIVE: 'Princess Bride' Stars on the Iconic Film’s 30th Anniversary & Who They Still Keep In Touch With

The Princess Bride is officially 30!

As the Rob Reiner-directed classic celebrates three decades of sword fights, wine swaps and “Rodents of Unusual Size,” the iconic film’s stars opened up about the years since the movie charmed viewers all over the world.

“I forgot it was the 30th … I thought we made it yesterday,” Mandy Patinkin recently told ET’s Kevin Frazier. “Every time anybody mentions it, I just can’t get over that it’s had the life that it’s had because we just went to work 30 years ago, did our best and had a great time.”

“That it has become what it’s become for all these generations, I pinch myself,” added the actor, who played Inigo Montoya in the Oscar-nominated film.

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The film’s titular princess, Robin Wright, agreed that it’s difficult to grasp how long it has been since the film — her feature breakout role — was released.

“It feels like we made it five, 10 years ago,” said the 51-year-old actress at the junket for her upcoming flick, Blade Runner 2049. “It never feels as long as it’s been, because we really bonded, all of us. And what a great piece to be a part of.”

As for her favorite memory from the blockbuster, Wright couldn’t choose just one.

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“All of them,” she said, before adding, “And we all stay in touch — Cary [Elwes] and I especially.”

See more on Wright in the video below.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese Teaming Up Once Again for Teddy Roosevelt Biopic

Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese are once again chasing their dream of developing Roosevelt.

The Oscar-winning star is teaming up with his friend and frequent collaborator to create a biopic focused on the life America’s 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt, according to multiplereports.

DiCaprio would star as the titan of American history while Scorsese would direct, based off a script penned by Scott Bloom. The pair are also set to produce the film with Paramount Pictures.

DiCaprio and Scorsese have reportedly been trying to develop Roosevelt for over a decade, but have run into numerous obstacles as the project lingered in limbo.

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This would be the third time DiCaprio has starred in a biopic for Scorsese, following The Aviator in 2004 and The Wolf of Wall Street in 2014 — both of which earned DiCaprio and Scorsese Oscar nominations.

Together, they’ve also collaborated on The Gangs of New York in 2002, The Departed in 2006 and Shutter Island in 2010, and are currently in pre-production on the historical crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon.

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DiCaprio won his first Oscar in 2016 for his portrayal of real-life adventurer Hugh Glass in The Revenant, and has starred in a number of films based on real figures including Catch Me If You Can in 2002 and J. Edgar in 2011.

Check out the video below to hear more from DiCaprio about taking home his first Academy Award.

Fall Movie Preview: 9 Breakout Child Stars, Oscar Contenders, Action Heroes and Scream Queens to Watch

There are dozens upon dozens upon dozens upon dozens of new movies coming out this fall (here are 35 that we’re particularly excited for) and oodles of awards season-worthy performances within them. But we’ve whittled that all down to these nine (9!) stars who we’re pretty dang confident will break out and who you’ll be hearing much more about for many years to come. So, you might as well get to know them now.

1. The Losers’ Club (Chosen Jacobs, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis and Wyatt Oleff) From It

'It' Cast Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis

Age: 14 (except Lillis, who is 15)  Where You’ve Seen Them: Lieberher co-starred with Bill Murray in the feel-good dramedy St. Vincent; Oleff played Young Peter Quill in both volumes of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy franchise; and, of course, Wolfhard plays Mike Wheeler on Netflix’s hit series Stranger Things.

Breakout Moment: Bill Skarsgård is getting plenty of attention for his turn as Pennywise — as well as the fact that, y’know, he’s hot — but It hinged on the talented cast of kids: sweet Bill (Lieberher), bullied Ben (Taylor), bold Beverly (Lillis), wisecracking Richie (Wolfhard), resilient Mike (Jacobs), nebbish Eddie (Grazer) and scaredy-cat Stanley (Oleff). Most had projects on the horizon before It became a massive box office hit — Lillis was cast as Amy Adams’ younger self in HBO’s limited series Sharp Objects, Grazer plays Bobby Moynihan’s younger self in the CBS sitcom Me, Myself and I and season two of Stranger Things premieres Oct. 27 — but their agents’ phones must be ringing off the hook these days. 

2. Andrea Riseborough From Battle of the Sexes

Andrea Riseborough in 'Battle of the Sexes'

Age: 35  Where You’ve Seen Her: Riseborough is an English actress who has been working steadily for a decade now, with roles in the Madonna-directed W.E., Nocturnal Animals and Birdman (which won the 2014 SAG Award for Best Ensemble).

Breakout Moment:Birdman was actually the first time that Riseborough co-starred with Emma Stone in a film — though most of her scenes were shared with Naomi Watts. In Battle of the Sexes, the actresses become intimately intertwined. Riseborough plays Marilyn Barnett, a hairdresser who catches Billie Jean King’s eye and with whom she starts an affair. We wouldn’t be surprised if the actress’ supporting work as Marilyn — tender and understanding, while at the same time unapologetic and sensual — earns Riseborough awards season attention next year. Up next for her is an episode in the upcoming season of Black Mirror titled “Crocodile.”

3. Taron Egerton From Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Taron Egerton in 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'

Age: 27  Where You’ve Seen Him: Playing “Eggsy” in Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Breakout Moment: Egerton should have broken big after the first Kingsman movie, in which he proved himself equally funny, charming and hunky. He should have quickly been cast as another action hero or romantic lead or any number of 20-something dudes, but his parts in the Tom Hardy-plays-twins movie Legend and Hugh Jackman co-starrer Eddie the Eagle didn’t exactly capture his true potential. (He also voiced a singing gorilla in Sing.) The Golden Circle is like the original on crack, and he proves himself just as funny, just as charming and, yes, just as hunky. His future looks more promising this time: Next year he’ll be playing the titular hero in a new take on Robin Hood with Jamie Foxx and Jamie Dornan.

4. Kiersey Clemons From Flatliners and Justice League

Kiersey Clemons in 'Flatliners'

Age: 23  Where You’ve Seen Her: Clemons has appeared on TV in the Halle Berry thriller Extant and a reoccurring role on Transparent, along with notable film work in Dope and Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising.

Breakout Moment: As far as hot properties go, Clemons has two arriving in theaters in as many months. First up, the it’s-not-a-reboot-it’s-a-sequel Flatliners, which — as with the original sci-fi thriller from 1990 — centers on medical students (including Clemons, Ellen Page and Diego Luna) who experiment in near-death experiments to study the afterlife. Then she is on to arguably the biggest superhero movie of the year, Justice League, in which she is supposed to have a small role previewing her take on Iris West, reporter and romantic interest for Ezra Miller’s Barry Allen aka The Flash ahead of their solo film, Flashpoint, set for 2020.

5. Jessica Rothe From Happy Death Day

Jessica Rothe From 'Happy Death Day'

Age: 30  Where You’ve Seen Her: Rothe was Emma Stone’s green dress-wearing roommate (“Alexis”) in La La Land.

Breakout Moment: Not every wannabe queen who screams in a horror movie is worthy of inclusion in the pantheon of great Scream Queens, but Rothe screams with the best of ’em. In the delightfully titled Happy Death Day, she plays a college coed murdered by a baby doll mask-wearing killer on her birthday. (Bummer!) Then she wakes up and is forced to relive — or, re-die — the same day over and over and over again until she identifies her murderer. If song and dance is more your speed, you can wait for Rothe to get her La La Land on again in an upcoming musical remake of the 1983 MGM film Valley Girl.

6. Millicent Simmonds From Wonderstruck

Millicent Simmonds From 'Wonderstruck'

Age: 14  Where You’ve Seen Her: You haven’t! This is her first role.

Breakout Moment: To cast the lead of his film — Rose, a 12-year-old deaf girl who lives in 1927 Hoboken and is obsessed with silent movie star Lillian Mayhew (played by Oscar winner Julianne Moore) — Carol director Todd Haynes embarked on a nationwide search, specifically working with the deaf community. He eventually found newcomer Simmonds in Utah, and golly, was it worth his effort. She delivers a gorgeous debut, a lovely performance that captures both Rose’s loneliness and awe in expressive nuance. She is currently shooting John Krasinski’s directorial effort A Quiet Place, which co-stars Emily Blunt.

7. Taika Waititi From Thor: Ragnarok

Taika Waititi From 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Age: 42  Where You’ve Seen Him: Waititi played Tom Kalmaku in Ryan Reynold’s ill-fated Green Lantern movie and has had parts in each of his own projects, including Viago in What We Do in the Shadows and the preacher in Hunt for the Wilderpeople.

Breakout Moment: This is the man responsible for making Thor funny. The New Zealand director helms the third installment of the Marvel franchise and the most anticipated movie of the fall, Thor: Ragnarok, and finally embraced Chris Hemsworth’s comedic chops. Of course, Waititi also left a role for himself: Thor’s newfound ally, the scene-stealing Korg, an 8-foot tall rock creature in a “2017 metal bikini.” Next up, he’ll be behind the camera for the WWII dramedy Jojo Rabbit and is reportedly in talks to take the reins on the live-action Akira.

8. Timothée Chalamet From Call Me By Your Name and Lady Bird

Timothee Chalamet From 'Call Me By Your Name'

Age: 21  Where You’ve Seen Him: You may recognize Chalamet from parts in movies like Interstellar and Miss Stevens, but you probably just know him as Finn Walden, the vice president’s annoying son on Homeland.

Breakout Moment: Chalamet was once rumored to be on Marvel’s short list to play Peter Parker, before Tom Holland was ultimately cast in the role. And while playing Spider-Man probably would have been its own big break, Chalamet was instead able to star in not one, but two movies that are getting Oscar buzz: first up as aloof rocker Kyle in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, and then with a thoughtful and tender turn as a 17-year-old coming of age in Call Me by Your Name, a performance that will likely earn Chalamet his first Best Actor nomination. He is now shooting Woody Allen’s next film opposite Selena Gomez.

9. Kelly Marie Tran From Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Kelly Marie Tran From 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

Age: 28  Where You’ve Seen Her: Unless you recognize her as “Butterfly Rave Girl” from Netflix’ XOXO or are familiar with her extensive work with CollegeHumor, she’s likely a fresh face.

Breakout Moment: It must be pretty intimidating joining an iconic franchise like Star Wars — even more so when the other new recruits are played by the likes of Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern. Tran’s Rose is pivotal to The Last Jedi, though — she’s a reluctant hero, a Resistance mechanic who starts off as a Finn (John Boyega) fangirl — and she is guaranteed to be the breakout star of the movie. Director Rian Johnson has compared her to Mark Hamill’s young Luke Skywalker, for porg’s sake! ET caught up with Tran at her first Star Wars Celebration, where she was pinching herself. “That’s kind of been the last two years of my life,” she said. “A dream.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Rose McGowan Teases the Most 'Intense' Scenes From Creepy New Thriller, 'The Sound'

Rose McGowan is about to be your new favorite “Ghost Buster.”

ET exclusively caught up with the 44-year-old actress over the phone on Friday, where she gave us all the details on her new horror film, The Sound.

In the thriller, out now, McGowan plays Kelly Johansen, a writer that’s best known for going on her own adventures in an effort to debunk myths about paranormal activity and prove on her blog, Tactile Sounds & Hallucinations, that “there’s no such thing as ghosts.”

Her latest lead begins when she receives a message from an unknown sender, revealing that they “saw something” in a haunted subway station in Toronto that’s been closed down for years.

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“What drew me to the role was just that she wasn’t in a mini skirt,” McGowan says of her character, laughing. “I really just like that she uses her mind. It’s about that and it’s not remotely about… there’s nothing involved with being sexy. It’s just something that goes deeper into psychological territory, which is kinda my preferred cinema to watch and be in.”

“There was no, ‘Let’s try to keep pretty,'” she adds, referring to the fact that her character is pretty much in the same “ugly” outfit — a simple T-shirt, jacket and boots — throughout the film. “It was, ‘Let’s get dirtier and dirtier.'”

With little dialogue and appearing onscreen solo for the majority of the movie, McGowan had to rely on her emotions and facial expressions to deliver a performance that could captivate viewers from beginning to end.

“It was really interesting. I was just hoping it would all come together,” she explains. “It’s nice kinda being alone with your own head and it’s certainly nice to not have to remember a lot of lines.”

“It was really intense,” she continues. “Especially the ending scene. I was discovered, I was never trying to be an actor, so I have no training. So, the secret behind that, I think, is just having the feelings there, right under the surface. What the audience feels is what I have to feel, and vice versa.”

We won’t spoil exactly what happens (you’ll have to go see the film on your own!), but McGowan calling the end scene “intense” is on point. She says that particular scene was the most challenging to film because she had to dig deep to get there.

“This is a strange thing, but my grandmother died at a very early age,” McGowan explains. “She actually fell off of a mountain, tragically, when she was hiking. For some reason, I tapped into what I felt like she was feeling when she was falling.”

Although McGowan didn’t have any ultra-spooky, real-life ghost stories of her own, she admits she’s “been trying to meet a ghost” her entire life.

“I’m not joking,” she says. “I will go to haunted places, things that are supposed to be haunted. I even, when I first took myself to New Orleans when I was 17, I was roaming around the cemeteries at night, just looking for something. I could never find it.”

“But I’m hoping that they and vampires will appear to me shortly,” she jokes. “I wouldn’t ghost bust you [in real life]. I’d just wanna hang out with you!”

McGowan admits, however, that she does get a bit creeped out by the sound of her own voice on camera. She tells ET that she has yet to watch The Sound from beginning to end, but “will probably see it” only because of how proud she is of what writer-director Jenna Mattison did on set.

“I usually don’t watch things that I’m in,” McGowan says. “I have kinda a thing about it. Not on purpose, it’s just strange to me. I hear my sister’s voices coming out of my mouth. It’s always been a very strange experience. Seeing yourself on a screen is abnormal. It’s excruciating watching myself!”

But of course, she’s hoping her fans will go see what The Sound is all about.

“You will be scared, but not in a grotesque way,” McGowan teases. “You will be scared in an insidious way, that’s going to worm its way through the mind.”

“I think we could all use some relief right now,” she adds. “And what better way than to go to another dimension?”

Kim Cattrall Says Sarah Jessica Parker 'Could Have Been Nicer' Over 'Sex and the City 3' Shutdown

Kim Cattrall insists she’s not solely responsible for the shutdown of Sex and the City 3.

According to the Daily Mail , during an interview taped on Monday with Piers Morgan for ITV’s Life Stories, the 61-year-old star addressed the news that the highly anticipated sequel was a no-go and also shared her thoughts on Sarah Jessica Parker’s comments about the franchise coming to an end. 

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Cattrall insisted that she’s been saying all along that there wouldn’t and shouldn’t be a SATC 3 movie. “At this very moment, it’s quite extraordinary to get any kind of negative press about something that I’ve been saying for almost a year,” she noted.

In January, she did tell ET, “I hate to be a spoilsport, but what would the next story be? Whether you liked it or not, the reality is, authentically — there were not alternative facts here! — there was backlash. The reality of what [a third movie] would be — there’s nothing concrete.”

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The Daily Mail reports that Cattrall also wasn’t too pleased that Parker claimed there was already a script in place for the third movie, which Kristin Davis further corroborated in a Facebook post last week. 

“This is really where I take to task the people from Sex and the City, specifically Sarah Jessica Parker in that I think she could have been nicer,” she expressed to Morgan. “I really think she could have been nicer.”

The actress added, “I don’t know what her issue is, I never have.”

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Cattrall went on to scoff at the idea that she was ever considering doing a third SATC. “The answer was always no and a respectful, firm, no,” she insisted, further denying that there were any contract negotiations. “I never asked for any money, I never asked for any projects, to be thought of as some kind of diva is absolutely ridiculous.”

She further declared, “This isn’t about more money, this is not about more scenes, it’s not about any of those things. This is about a clear decision, an empowered decision in my life to end one chapter and start another. I’m 61. It’s now.”

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While Cattrall doesn’t want to be part of another SATC sequel, she’s not opposed to her co-stars signing on to make another one. “I want them to make the movie, if that’s what they want to do. It’s a great part,” she said of her character. “I played it past the finish line and then some and I loved it and another actress should play it.”

She continued, “Maybe they could make it an African American Samantha Jones or a Hispanic Samantha Jones — or bring in another character. …This is what I really believe that this franchise needs, another point of view and this could be it.”

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Parker clearly has a difference of opinion about a third SATC movie, as she told ET last November that “it would be amazing” to play Carrie Bradshaw again.

ET reached out to Parker’s reps regarding Cattrall’s recent comments, but they had no comment.

Here’s more of our exclusive interview with the 52-year-old actress.

Armie Hammer Talks 'Stripping Everything Away' in 'Call Me By Your Name': 'I Didn't Know If I Had It In Me'

Armie Hammer’s latest film, Call Me By Your Name, is unlike anything the actor has done in the past, which he admits in OUT Magazine‘s November issue scared him at first.

In the film, which is already generating Oscar buzz, the 31-year-old actor portrays Oliver, a graduate student who sparks a romantic relationship with Eli, a 17-year-old boy who lives at the cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera where Oliver is staying.

In the interview released on Wednesday, Hammer admits he initially demurred accepting the offer, telling the publication, “It seemed so subtle, so personal, and so real that I didn’t know if I could do that as an actor.”

Armie Hammer on Cover of Out Magazine

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“I didn’t know if I had it in me to give such a tender performance. It scared me,” Hammer shares, adding that director Luca Guadagnino “assuaged all my apprehensions by helping me to realize that fear and desire are part and parcel.”

The indie film, which received critical acclaim at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, made Hammer realize that the challenges he faced were a personal reward as well.

“So much of this movie is about stripping everything away and exposing yourself,” he says. “I grew up in conservative white America, where you just don’t talk about yourself, your desires, wanting to express your sensuality –it’s taboo. To be fully immersed in Luca’s world was just an incredible gift.”

“I know that I will carry the experience of making this movie for the rest of my life,” Hammer adds. “I don’t want to say movies can change the world, but if we can change one person’s perspective, we can change that person’s world.”

Armie Hammer OUT Magazine

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Known for his roles in action films like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and The Lone Ranger, Hammer has also had smaller roles in indies like Nocturnal Animals and The Social Network. But with Call Me By Your Name, the actor felt as if Guadagnino pushed his boundaries to the next level.

 “I’ve never been so intimately involved with a director before,” expresses Hammer. “Luca was able to look at me and completely undress me. He knew every single one of my insecurities, every time I needed to be pushed, and when I needed to be protected.”

Call Me By Your Name arrives in theaters on Nov. 4. See more of Hammer in the video below. 

Jackie Chan Confirms 'Rush Hour 4' Is Happening… With One Chris Tucker-Sized Caveat

Jackie Chan is almost certain Rush Hour 4 is happening — as long as Chris Tucker gives the final go-ahead!

The 63-year-old actor went on Power 106’s The Cruz Show, where he excited fans of the buddy action-comedy franchise by announcing that a fourth installment should be on its way by next year.

Rush Hour, you can do any time,” the martial arts legend said, while discussing the challenges of possibly doing another Karate Kid, given how the characters have aged. And that’s when he revealed the big news.

“[It’s coming] next year,” Chan shared. “For the last seven years we’ve been turning down the script, turning down the script. Yesterday, we just agreed.”

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And while it seems to be an all-but certainty, Chan made it very clear that if Tucker bows out, it’s not happening.

“Next year [we’ll] probably start — IF Chris Tucker agrees,” he clarified. “It’s not about money! It’s about [having] time to make. Otherwise, Rush Hour 4, we’re all old men. I tell Chris Tucker, ‘Before we get old, please do Rush Hour 4.'”

Watch Chan’s entire interview below.

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C’mon, Chris. Let’s shift this project into drive and step on it!

Chan talked to ET’s Denny Directo at the premiere of the LEGO Ninjago Movie last month, where he revealed that the movie would probably be happening next year. 

Rush Hour 4, probably… next year,” he shared, playfully digging at his Rush Hour co-star, laughing, “Who is Chris Tucker? You don’t want to see me, I forget you. Come on, buddy.”

'The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson' Is Necessary Netflix Viewing for Oft-Forgotten LGBT History

“If you were in New York — in gay New York, in queer New York — during her lifetime, you knew Marsha,” documentarian David France says of his latest film’s subject, Marsha P. Johnson. “She would call out your name or she would call out, “Hi, doll” and she was dispensing this kind of joy. Her joy was her form of resistance…When ’69 happened and the mindset changed within the community and there was an agreement across the board to advocate for liberty, for freedom, nobody really knew what that looked like and Marsha modeled it. She just put it on. She said, ‘This is what it’s going to be like.’ She threw off all convention and she said, ‘Freedom is going to be truly free.'”

Marsha “Pay ‘Em No Mind” Johnson has been called “the Rosa Parks of the LGBTQ movement,” because of the pivotal role she played in the Stonewall riots of 1969. (Some say that Johnson threw the first brick.) She was a pioneer of the gay liberation movement, co-founder of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries), a self-proclaimed drag queen, community leader and, according to her friend and roommate, Randy Wicker, an “Andy Warhol model, prostitute, starving actress and saint.”

In July 1992, Johnson was found floating in the Hudson River off the Christopher Street pier and, despite outcry from her community, her death was ruled a suicide by the NYPD. In The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, streaming now on Netflix, France reopens Johnson’s case. He is, it must be acknowledged, a cisgender white man telling the story of a transgender woman of color, but hers is a story the filmmaker has spent decades needing to tell.

“I was at The Village Voice in 1992, as an investigative reporter, when Marsha died,” he revealed during a recent post-screening Q&A. “I was asked to investigate her death, although I never did finish my work and write the piece.”

His primary beat at the time, France explained, was the HIV-AIDS epidemic, which would inspire his first documentary, 2012’s Oscar-nominated, How to Survive a Plague. “It was a turning point in the epidemic in 1992 and that work overtook me, both as a journalist and personally — my lover was dying that year,” he recalled of why he never finished his piece. “No one went and did that story. The Village Voice didn’t return to that story. We never saw anybody do the investigation. So, I always felt a personal responsibility to come back to it, and I felt that I had failed Marsha in some way that I wanted to rectify.”

The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson dutifully exhumes Johnson’s cold case to finally give her death its due, though perhaps to a fault. Framed as a “whodunit” with Anti-Violence Project advocate Victoria Cruz conducting the investigation, the doc leans a bit too heavily on the true crime trappings of it all, as projects in 2017 are wont to do, with Cruz filling the Sarah Koenig role and more than enough ominous, tinkering music played over glossy shots of case files. Who really killed Marsha P. Johnson?, we’re made to question. The Mafia? Dirty cops?

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Cruz’s procedural is not what resonated most deeply with me, in the end. Yes, Johnson deserves justice and I hope, someday, she gets it. (Cruz has passed along her findings to the FBI, however, France notes, “There was an election thing that happened and a firing thing that happened.”) Ultimately, though, that is only one part of a film that is also part scrapbook, part memorial, part history lesson. As queer people, we are rarely, if ever, taught our history in schools, particularly trans people and trans women of color, who are overwhelmingly removed from the narrative. LGBTQ history is something that must be sought out, and though The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is not the first doc with Johnson as its subject, by virtue of the fact that it lives on the Netflix platform, it is now the most accessible. With its treasure trove of previously unseen archival footage, the film allows a new generation the opportunity to know not only Johnson, but the equally revolutionary Sylvia Rivera, who fought for trans rights until her death from liver cancer in 2002 and, as France stated, “brought anger and rage to pair with Marsha’s joy.”

More urgently, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson is a bracing reminder of the multitude of ways in which we, as a minority community and society at large, have failed our trans brothers and sisters, a message as relevant today as it was when Johnson lived. Trans people live under attack in the U.S., both physically — the film documents the court case over the murder of Islan Nettles, a trans woman of color who was beaten to death in 2013, while a record 21 trans people have been killed this year alone, as of September, of which 19 were trans people of color — and politically. (The U.S. attorney general recently revised a federal policy that protected transgender workers from discrimination, mere months after the president tweeted out his plans to ban trans soldiers from serving in the military.) That these staggering statistics are getting worse and the trans community is frequently made to feel like they are fighting the epidemic alone is why France, at one point, titled the film We All Killed Marsha P. Johnson.

“For Victoria, [this] was really a Hail Mary. She had done this work and what she helped us see and understand was that there may indeed have been one or two people who were directly responsible for Marsha’s death, but the culpability was much deeper and broader than that,” France concluded. “Her indictment is really an across the board indictment of our culture and our humanity and even the LGB community itself. That’s the message that she took to heart…For her, the conclusion was that we must rededicate ourselves to this revolutionary goal that Sylvia and Marsha set out for us in 1969.”

'The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson'

Jennifer Garner on Emotional New Role: You Shake It Off Because You Have to Raise Your Kids (Exclusive)

Jennifer Garner gave her latest movie her all. 

The 45-year-old actress plays a woman betrayed by her husband in her new film, The Tribes of Palos Verdes, which she also executive produced. 

“It was just really exciting getting to be a part of getting this movie made,” Garner told ET at the Hamptons International Film Festival on Friday. “It’s one of those tiny little movies that’s an engine that could.” 

While Garner had no trouble fitting into her role as producer, she says her part as a single mom in the movie was “its own bear to get through.” 

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“Anytime that you’re playing someone who is going through something, you have to just figure it out, and you actually — believe it or  not — don’t use your own life as much as you might think,” said the actress, who filed for divorce from husband Ben Affleck in April. “It really is its own bear to get through.” 

“You just get into that place. That’s your job, and then you shake it off, because you have to go home and raise your kids,” she explained. “It’s just like any other time I do a scene with an emotional place.” 

Garner may have played down the effort she put into the film’s heartbreaking scene where her character finds out her husband is cheating on her, but director Emmett Malloy told ET that she really “went for it.” 

“That scene in particular, I know that Jennifer said that she popped a blood vessel. So that kind of sums it up,” he revealed. “She just joined the crew and was really with it, and didn’t have a trailer and just sat there every day in that house and did scene after scene.”

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Lately, Garner has been channeling her energy into fitness — but despite fans’ hopes, it’s not for an Alias reboot. 

“They’ll have to get to J.J. [Abrams] for that,” Garner teased. “I’m getting ready to do an action film. It’s called Peppermint, and it’s a movie that I really love the story and the script and I’ll start it next month.” 

The Tribes of Palos Verdes opens in select theaters and on VOD platforms nationwide on Dec. 1.