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The Sessions

WATCH: This Sex Surrogate Inspired 'The Sessions'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Buxton | Posted 07.23.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

For disabled people who might have limitations to physical intimacy, solutions can come from women like Cheryl Cohen Greene, a surrogate partner in se...

Interview: The Rising Career of John Hawkes

Marshall Fine | Posted 09.21.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

The parts got bigger as Hawkes developed a reputation as a character actor with the skills to play everything from goofy to menacing. He worked more and more -- and his choices expanded after he earned an Oscar nomination for 2010's Winter's Bone.

International Film Festival Fare Dazzles Panama Audiences

Andrea R. Vaucher | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Andrea R. Vaucher

The second edition of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Panama wrapped last week and for seven days offered Panamanians a taste of what is available cinematically besides Cruise and Cameron, Pirates and Potter.

Helen Hunt Plays Me in The Sessions

Cheryl T. Cohen Greene | Posted 04.30.2013 | Entertainment
Cheryl T. Cohen Greene

My daughter and I were driving on the freeway when my cell phone rang. I answered and heard a woman say, "Is this Cheryl?" "Yes," I responded, and the voice said, "Hi Cheryl, this is Helen Hunt."

11th Hour Contrarian's Take on the Oscar Noms

Angela Bonavoglia | Posted 04.23.2013 | Entertainment
Angela Bonavoglia

Okay, it's late, I know, but I've finally seen most of those Oscar-nominated films and I've got some questions for those judges.

Hot Sex and Disability at the Movies

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson | Posted 04.23.2013 | Entertainment
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Three major releases prominently featured sexually active disabled people. The explicit erotic scenes offered this year between nondisabled and disabled people mark a welcome step forward in how disability and sexuality are portrayed in popular culture

10 Reasons I'm Bored By The Oscars

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 04.23.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

Yawn. Are the Oscars this week? I don't hate the Oscars. The word hate evokes a passion that I just can't seem to muster -- I'm just bored.

Meet the Real Sex Surrogate Portrayed by Helen Hunt in 'The Sessions'

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 03.31.2013 | Women
Lois Alter Mark

Going to a prostitute is like going to a restaurant. You choose what you want from the menu, you eat and you pay. With a surrogate, it's more like going to culinary school. You learn the recipes, you learn your way around the kitchen and then you go back to your life equipped with new skills.

Sex Lessons

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Oscars aside, The Sessions has already done great things by challenging our commonly held assumptions that disabled people don't or shouldn't have sex lives.

Helen Hunt Is A Hottie

The Huffington Post | Christina Anderson | Posted 01.10.2013 | Style

Helen Hunt will always be a knockout.

Why Silver Linings Playbook Is a Good Movie But The Sessions Is a Great One

Nancy Doyle Palmer | Posted 03.05.2013 | Entertainment
Nancy Doyle Palmer

For all its forced zaniness, Silver Linings Playbook is a formulaic love story and for all its genuine oddity, The Sessions is a classic.

The Best Nude Scenes of 2012

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 01.02.2013 | Entertainment

Some memorable moments in celebrity skin happened in 2012, and we have gathered a few of the best. Hollywood was full of actors and actresses read...

A Search for the Real -- Teaching and Things

James Franco | Posted 01.12.2013 | Entertainment
James Franco

My first chapbook came out, Strongest of the Litter, but people seem to be more interested in who I'm dating than poetry.

Must-See Indie Films This Month

Leonard Maltin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Leonard Maltin

Any film featuring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Christopher Walken, and Mark Ivanir would be worth watching just to enjoy these gifted actors at work.

Weekend Box Office: Paranormal Activity 4 Drops But Still Tops While Alex Cross Is Quite Cross

Scott Mendelson | Posted 12.21.2012 | Entertainment
Scott Mendelson

Ben Affleck is clearly one of the top directors working today in the realm of 'the kind of film they don't make anymore' and he may end up with an Oscar or two in a few months.

Dr. Ruth on Sex in The Sessions

Regina Weinreich | Posted 12.20.2012 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Based on the true story of Mark O'Brien, a poet who spent much of his time in an iron lung, a result of childhood polio, The Sessions tells of his "first time" at age 38, thanks to the permission he gets from a Catholic priest and the expertise of a sexual surrogate.

Sex Scenes In 'The Sessions' May Be The Best Of The Year

Slate | Posted 10.19.2012 | Women

Sex scenes in movies—the non-pornographic ones, that is—tend to exist in a few rigidly defined categories: they can be erotic (the scene in "Boogi...

Dr. Ruth Demands That Helen Hunt Start Using Contraceptives

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.19.2012 | Entertainment

A lively Thursday night screening of "The Sessions" proved to be an engaging mix of serious and silly. On the graver end: John Hawkes, who stars a...

Movie Review: The Sessions

Marshall Fine | Posted 12.18.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

As abstracted in Ben Lewin's film, The Sessions, Mark Obrien's tale is one of of a first-time sexual adventurer, launching himself into a world of intimacy he previously thought would be denied to him.

The Story Behind The Sessions

SnagFilms | Posted 12.17.2012 | Arts
SnagFilms

This Friday, The Sessions, starring John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, and William H. Macy, will be released, beginning what is likely a path towards multiple Oscar nominations.

Why 'The Sessions' Is Worth A Trip To The Theater

AP | CHRISTY LEMIRE | Posted 12.16.2012 | Entertainment

Given that it's based on the true story of a man with polio who spends most of his time in an iron lung, "The Sessions" is not as painfully heavy-hand...

The Sessions and Django Unchained will enter Golden Globes as dramas, Hyde Park as comedy

Tom O'Neil | Posted 12.05.2012 | Entertainment
Tom O'Neil

While The Sessions has a lot of comedic elements, it focuses on a very dramatic subject: a paralyzed polio survivor who hires a sexual surrogate to help him lose his virginity. Macy portrays a local parish priest who counsels Hawkes en route.

What To See, Read And Enjoy: Our Top Picks For October 2012

Posted 10.01.2012 | Fifty

Fall is in full swing and we've identified some of the top books, films and events to make the most of October. Between apple picking and fall foliage...

Toronto Festival Conclusions: The Oscar race Begins

Marshall Fine | Posted 11.13.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

While this year's best-picture winner may in fact have played at TIFF 2012, there was no huge critical groundswell around a realistic contender, the way there was last year.

Is This Your 2013 Best Actor Winner?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rosen | Posted 06.29.2012 | Entertainment

When "The Sessions" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January it was called "The Surrogate." There was a time when it was also called "Six Se...